Charges Dropped in Ocean Beach Shrub-Trimming Arrest

By Nicole Gomez
|  Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013  |  Updated 1:17 PM PDT
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Charges Dropped Against Tree-Trimming OB Resident

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San Diego police arrested Adame because they thought he had trimmed the bushes to improve the view from his home.

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Charges Dropped Against Tree-Trimming OB Resident

An Ocean Beach man who was charged with felony vandalism for trimming city-owned shrubs says he’s relieved the charges against him have been dropped. NBC 7’s Nicole Gomez reports.
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An Ocean Beach man who was charged with felony vandalism for trimming city-owned shrubs is relieved the charges were dropped.

Vince Adame told NBC 7 that he doesn’t regret the landscaping that got him arrested last month.

Adame said he trimmed the bushes because he said the overgrowth made it easier for the homeless to hide.

San Diego police initially believed Adame cut down some of the vegetation because it was blocking his view. They arrested him and charged him with felony vandalism.

However the San Diego County District Attorney dropped the charges Monday.

Adame said he was relieved that prosecutors saw the big picture. He feels he was mistreated by police and is considering taking legal action.

Also, he says he'll continue to trim the hedges regardless of any possible consequences.

“I'm just taking care of what's been passed on to us. We're proud to be OBecians. We're going to continue to take care of our neighborhood. Respect OB. Respect OB,” Adame said.

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