Breaking news: Kenwood shopping center vandalized
Around 8:15 a.m. on March 8 some major vandalism occurred at the Kenwood shopping center. A homeless man hanging out in the courtyard picked up a rock and a metal pizza peel and started smashing glass doors and windows of businesses all around the center. After an employee at the U.S. Post Office told the man that sheriff’s deputies were on the way, he sat down and waited for deputies to arrive.
Raymond Smith, 35, was taken into custody without incident. Deputies said that Smith had told them he was tired of sleeping outside, inferring that he was trying to get arrested. Deputies were not familiar with Smith, and said the last address they could find for him was in Mississippi.
Windows and doors were shattered at Palooza Gastropub (top), where owner Suzette Tyler and her staff spent most of the day scraping out and cleaning up safety glass. The tasting rooms of Manzanita (bottom), Orpheus, Spann and Ty Caton wineries, plus the Kenwood Press, and the post office (center), also suffered broken windows and glass doors – eighteen doors and windows in all. Damage is estimated in the thousands. Smith was booked on felony vandalism. Photos by Alec Peters and Sarah C. Phelps