Preliminary hearing postponed for man accused of using hatchet to bash house, neighbor's vehicle

Devin Jones charged with vandalism, assault

EL CAJON, Calif. - A preliminary hearing set for Tuesday was postponed until Dec. 2 for a man accused of using a hatchet to damage property in Ramona.
   
Devin Michael Jones, 23, pleaded not guilty Oct. 28 to five charges, including vandalism and assault with a deadly weapon. A judge will decide at the end of the preliminary hearing whether there's enough evidence to order Jones to stand trial.
   
The non-injury confrontation began in the 600 block of B Street about 6 a.m. Oct. 24, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
   
A resident went outside to investigate what sounded like someone pounding on the outside of his house and was confronted by a combative man he didn't know.

An argument ensued, prompting a neighbor to threaten to call 911 if the disturbance continued, sheriff's Sgt. Kurt Torsak said. The aggressor responded by charging him, clutching a hatchet.
   
The victim fled, got into his truck and locked it as the assailant whacked on the driver's side door and shouted profanities for a time. He then ran off, Torsak said.
   
Deputies sealed off the area and searched it, eventually finding and arresting the suspect, who was identified as Jones.
   
Investigators later learned an air-conditioning unit, exterior wall and garage door at the home of the person initially targeted was bashed, dented and smashed up.
   
"The damage appeared to have been caused by a hatchet," the sergeant said.
   
In addition to two counts of assault and one count of felony vandalism, Jones is charged with trying to dissuade a victim from reporting a crime and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence. He faces five years and eight months in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Andy Aguilar.
   
Authorities have not revealed a motive in the case.
 

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