Man caught on camera vandalizing Chula Vista police HQ talks to 10News

Jason Rodriguez: 'It was a stupid thing to do'

SAN DIEGO - A man caught on camera vandalizing the Chula Vista Police Department after being released from jail explained his actions to 10News.

Jason Rodriguez, 33, was taken into custody Wednesday on a narcotics violation and transported to Chula Vista Police Department headquarters for processing, CVPD Capt. Gary Wedge said.

After officers completed Rodriguez's arrest procedures, they released him on his written promise to appear in court, as is standard in such cases. He walked out of the station early Thursday morning, according to Wedge.

About 5:30 a.m., a custodian discovered the someone had etched the letters "AROX" in a glass lobby door of the station house. Police then reviewed security video and determined that Rodriguez allegedly had committed the vandalism -- causing more than $2,000 worth of damage -- immediately upon his release, the captain said.

Later in the day, detectives arrested Rodriguez at his home.

When asked why he did it, Rodriguez told 10News, "I felt like doing it and I don't care about the Chula Vista Police Department … No real reason why I did it, no purpose behind it, no meaning behind it. I just did it"

10News asked Rodriguez how he felt about Chula Vista police, and he responded, "I don't like them. A lot of them are crap. A lot of them are garbage. There's a few of them that are good cops, I'll give you that. But, for the most part, a lot of them are bogus."

Rodriguez was reminded about his act after being released, and with that he said, "I mean, I really wish I wouldn't have done it. It was a stupid thing to do. It was immature. If I could take it back, would I? Yeah. I can't. I have to deal with it."

Rodriguez was being held in San Diego Central Jail on $10,000 bail, with arraignment scheduled for Monday afternoon.

The meaning of the word scratched into the window was unclear.
 


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