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Gilroy man arrested on suspicion of assault, vandalism

(BCN) — Police in Gilroy arrested a 38-year-old man who allegedly broke establishment windows and punched a car’s windshield with a person still inside the vehicle.

The Gilroy Police Department identified Mauricio Medina-Vera, a resident of Gilroy, as the suspect in acts of assault and vandalism that prompted multiple 911 calls from concerned citizens Wednesday morning.

Before his arrest, police received multiple reports of a man using concrete blocks and a metal chair to break windows of business establishments at the Gilroy Premium Outlets on Leavesley Road. The police department alleged Medina-Vera also approached a woman in a car and used his fist to hit the windshield while she was still seated in the driver’s seat.

Gilroy police found Medina-Vera in a parking lot and tried to calmly take him into custody, but the suspect allegedly displayed no intentions of cooperation, prompting officers to use a Taser to subdue him.

The police department said he was given medical treatment and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail on charges related to assault and vandalism. The assault and vandalism complaints are still being investigated.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gilroy Police Department at (408) 846-0350. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling (408) 846-0330.

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