PALMDALE – The vandal who slashed and flattened three tires on a Sheriff’s patrol car in a local Walmart parking lot has been captured, authorities said.
After fleeing deputies this past Friday, David Morales was arrested at his Palmdale home on Monday, Nov. 10. The 22-year-old confessed to vandalizing the patrol car, saying he did it because he was “angry with the government,” according to a press release by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
Palmdale Detectives arrested 22-year-old Palmdale resident David Morales for vandalizing a marked patrol car and evading police.
The sequence of events started on Wednesday, October 29, when Morales entered the parking lot of the Westside Walmart in the city of Palmdale.
According to witnesses and video surveillance, Morales parked his vehicle next to an unoccupied, marked patrol vehicle. With a knife in his hand, he exited his white Hyundai Tiburon vehicle and proceeded to walk around the patrol car, stabbing the vehicle tires and flattening three out of the four tires. Morales quickly jumped back into his vehicle and sped away.
Palmdale Station detectives immediately began investigating the incident by using departmental resources and training. Due to Walmart’s video surveillance, Palmdale detectives had a good description of the vehicle and of Morales.
Nine days into the investigation, on Friday, November 7, Morales was spotted traveling northbound on Sierra Highway by an off-duty Palmdale detective. During this time, the detective was able to obtain a license plate and notify Palmdale and Lancaster stations of Morales and his vehicle. A Lancaster patrol unit saw the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Morales failed to stop his vehicle.
Knowing the deputy was behind him, Morales sped his vehicle up to 60 miles per hour, ran a red light and had to swerve to avoid hitting another vehicle on the road. For the safety of the public, the deputy immediately stopped following the vehicle.
On Monday, November 10, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Palmdale Station detectives arrested Morales at his Palmdale Residence. Morales not only confessed to the crime, but stated he committed the crime because he was angry with the government. The knife used in the crime was recovered in the glove box of Morales’ vehicle.
Morales was transported and booked at the Palmdale Sheriff Station. Morales was booked on charges of reckless evading with a bail amount of $75,000 and felony vandalism with a bail amount of $20,000. Morales is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Antelope Valley Courthouse.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Palmdale Station Detective Luter at 661-272-2472.