A 47-year-old man was sentenced to 10 days in jail for causing thousands of dollars in damage to the home he used to share with his fiance.
Jeffery Mitchel Vasquez broke into the home early March 3 and destroyed everything from a window next to the front door and a glass coffee table to appliances and personal property, court documents said.
The Pasco man must pay $26,263 in restitution to cover the victim's insurance claim.
Vasquez pleaded guilty to first-degree malicious mischief. He had no known felony history before this case, documents said.
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Pasco police were called to a Quadra Drive home at 1:55 a.m. by a taxi driver whose customer had failed to pay his fare.
The driver said he dropped off Vasquez at the home and was owed $21.20. The driver believed Vasquez went into the house to get money, but soon started hearing breaking glass and noticed the front door was open though the screen was shut, court documents said.
He told police he waited five or six minutes for Vasquez to return and pay the tab before calling 911.
The responding officer found shattered beer bottles on the driveway, significant damage to the front screen door and glass on the front porch from a broken window to the right of the door.
Vasquez could be seen in the living room stomping on the glass of the coffee table, which was thrown upside down, documents said.
The officer called for a backup officer, then called out to Vasquez from the porch. Vasquez appeared to be intoxicated when he came to the front door, court documents said.
Asked why he was breaking things, Vasquez tried to blame it on his fiance. But when the officer said he watched from outside while Vasquez destroyed furniture, the suspect didn't understand why it was a problem and asked if he could just leave if he paid his cab fare, documents said. He reportedly couldn't find his wallet to get the money.
The victim spoke with police and said Vasquez had not lived in the home for more than a month.
He got into the house by opening the garage door with the access code, then going through the interior door into the kitchen. That door also was damaged.
Vasquez was arrested that night and booked into jail.
As part of his guilty plea, he was ordered to have no contact with the victim for 10 years.