Man Vandalizes Police Department Moments After Release

A man arrested on drug-related charges is back in custody after vandalizing the Chula Vista Police Department just moments after his release.

According to police, suspect Jason Rodriguez, 33, was arrested Wednesday for drug-related charges and taken to the Chula Vista Police Department for processing.

At around 1 a.m. Thursday, he was released from custody on his written promise to appear in court. He left the facility through a side door, police said.

Minutes after his release, police say Rodriguez walked to the front entrance of the police department and allegedly used an unknown object to etch the letters “AROX” into a glass lobby door.

The department was closed for the night, so officers didn’t see Rodriguez committing the vandalism. Hours later, a member of the custodial staff discovered the damage and notified officials.

The Chula Vista Watch Commander reviewed security video and determined the vandalism – estimated at $2,000 in damages -- was caused by Rodriguez.

Detectives arrested Rodriguez at his home a few hours later. He was booked into San Diego County jail and is being held on $10,000 bail on one count of vandalism. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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