By: E&P Staff
The Modesto (Calif.) Bee?s Thursday afternoon was interrupted when 10 of its first floor windows were shattered when rocks were thrown through them, reported the Bee.
Modesto police arrested and charged Sean Michael Campbell of Oakdale, Calif., with felony vandalism after he surrendered to a Bee security guard, said the account.
Witnesses told the Bee that after throwing several rocks at the building, Campbell ran across H Street in downtown Modesto where the paper is located to collect more rocks. As he crossed the busy street, he was hit by at least one vehicle, but was able to get up and continue gathering.
When confronted by a Bee security guard, Campbell surrendered peacefully, allegedly saying that he was bipolar and having a bad day, Police officer Todd Musto told the Bee. The paper?s president and publisher, Margaret Randazzo, was quoted as saying that Campbell does not appear to have any connection to or direct motive against any Bee employees.
Fortunately, no employees were injured in the incident, but, according to the paper, Randazzo estimates that cleanup and repairs from the shattered glass might reach several thousand dollars.
While the second-floor newsroom windows remained untouched, first-floor windows in the finance, human resources, and advertising departments were broken, reported the Bee. The entire incident occurred within approximately five minutes.