Police: Man threw rock at church, school bus

Posted at 2:33 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 21:36:55-05

A man was arrested Friday for allegedly hurling a rock at a church and a school bus in Ocean Beach, breaking windows but causing no injuries.

Callers reported the outburst of malicious property damage around the 2000 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard shortly after 9 a.m., according to San Diego police.

Officers arrived to find three broken windows at Episcopal Church Center and a shattered windshield on the school vehicle, SDPD spokesman Travis Easter said.

The patrol personnel arrested the suspect -- possibly believed to be a transient -- near the scene. His name was not immediately available.

10News learned he was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

"There was glass all over the tables, the chairs, scattered over the whole chapel," said Hannah Wilder, the church's communications director.

There was almost a victim outside. Neighbor Terry Nevinger heard the noise and confronted the rock thrower.

"I wanted him to drop the rocks. I wanted him to put them down and that was when he took his arm up over his head and did like he was going to throw one at me and I crouched down with my hands over my head and retreated. I didn't hear a rock hit but then he hurled it at a bus," said Nevinger.

10News learned the accused rock thrower is known at the church.

"Yes, his name's Andrew and he's a regular here at the church because we provide a lot of services to people who are homeless. He claims to come from outer space so he clearly has mental health issues," said Wilder.

Steven Shapiro is one of several neighbors who are angry.

"This isn't the first time, the homeless situation, and it's getting worse and worse. They've been violent several times. I've been attacked several times and what it is -- this church is creating problems, trying to feed them. I know they're homeless and need help, but there it is, right here," said Shapiro.

Inside the church, Wilder said there is forgiveness.

"We're called to forgive. We're called to love and to serve, not judge," said Wilder.

It was unclear what prompted the vandalism.