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Charleston Police Say Man Charged After Urinating On Cruiser

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 9, 2014 1:32 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 9, 2014 1:47 PM EDT
West Virginia Regional Jail Photo
West Virginia Regional Jail Photo

Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Charleston police said a man faces multiple charges after he urinated on a city police cruiser parked at the Transit Mall.

Raymond Vargas, 59, of Charleston is charged with public intoxication, tampering with city property, befouling property and indecent exposure, according to a criminal complaint filed in Charleston Municipal Court.

The complaint said an officer parked his cruiser on Tuesday in the center of the Transit Mall at Laidley Street while he was dealing with three people he had arrested. Multiple people told several members of the bicycle unit that a man urinated on the front of the police cruiser. Witnesses said the man was wearing orange glasses, an orange hat turned backward, gold earrings and a blue shirt.

Police said a review of the car’s camera system shows the suspect urinating on the hood and grill of the police car and then smiling and patting the hood of the vehicle. Several people walked by as the man was exposed, police said, and he was clearly intoxicated and staggering during the incident.

Vargas was being held Wednesday in the South Central Regional Jail on $496 bond.



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