Silver Spring Man Charged With Vandalizing Police Cruisers

Silver Spring Man Charged With Vandalizing Police Cruisers

Police say man also assaulted officers during his arrest

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Hector A. Pacheco

Via Montgomery County Police Department

A Silver Spring man has been charged with assaulting three Montgomery County police officers and vandalizing two police cruisers, in both cases bashing a window with a rock.

Hector A. Pacheco was arrested June 18 on charges of destruction of property, resisting arrest and second-degree assault.

Police say Pacheco was the man who was spotted June 6 standing on the hood of a county police car and using a rock to try to break the windshield. A witness video-recorded the man vandalizing the car parked in the 9800 block of Mahogany Drive in Gaithersburg and called police. The man ran away before officers showed up, according to a news release.

On June 18 at about 3:30 p.m., a resident in the 9800 block of Washingtonian Boulevard in Gaithersburg told an off-duty officer that a man was using a rock to smash a passenger-side window of a nearby parked police cruiser. Witnesses told the officer the man had headed over to a shopping center, police report.

The off-duty officer found the man, Pacheco, inside a nearby department store and tried to speak with him, but the man ran toward the exit, according to authorities. On-duty officers arrived and attempted to arrest Pacheco, who began struggling and assaulting all three of them, police reported.

Ultimately, they took Pacheco into custody. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

The three officers who were assaulted had minor injuries and were treated at the scene, according to police.

Footage of a man vandalizing a police cruiser in Gaithersburg on June 6. Via Montgomery County Police Department.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com

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