Written by AARON CASTREJON
COVINA - A man is facing additional accusations Monday for taking his anger out on public property near the Covina Police Station after his drugs and paraphernalia were confiscated during an arrest.
Samuel Tavares, 29, a local transient, was arrested just before 7 a.m. and booked on suspicion of felony vandalism.
Tavares was originally arrested Monday morning on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine, according to Sgt. Ryan Davis of the Covina Police Department.
He was originally released around 4:30 a.m. May 13 after the drug arrest. Police responded more than two hours later to the park outside the Covina Police Department where the suspect allegedly knocked over a trash can, ash tray and tore out several plants near the front lot area.
“He damaged approximately $700 to the front of the building,” Davis said. “When we arrested him, he indicated he was upset he got arrested for the drug charges, because a lot of people are using drugs, and he was upset because we kept his methamphetamine as evidence.”
He was additionally booked on suspicion of burglary after he was able to reach through a gate and obtain a blanket and another item from an overflow storage area at the police station, Davis said.