Man allegedly high on meth breaks into Calif. fire station

The man told firefighters he just got out of prison and thought someone was chasing him with a weapon


By Erin Tracey
Modesto Bee

MODESTO, Calif. — A man allegedly high on methamphetamine broke into a Modesto fire station Wednesday because he thought someone was after him.

Shortly after 10 p.m., firefighters at Station 1 on 11th Street heard someone ringing their doorbell, Operations Division Chief Michael Lillie said. When a firefighter went downstairs, he saw that the glass front door had been shattered.

A man allegedly high on methamphetamine broke into a Modesto fire station because he thought someone was after him. (Photo/MFD)
A man allegedly high on methamphetamine broke into a Modesto fire station because he thought someone was after him. (Photo/MFD)

The firefighter got the rest of his crew and they went outside to find a “man starting to walk away, covered in blood,” Lillie said. The man had cuts on his arms, presumably from smashing the front window.

“Based on the severity of the cuts on his arm, we are assuming he smashed it with arms and hands,” Lillie said.

He said no rock or other objects that could have been used to break a window were found in the area.

The man told firefighters he just got out of prison and thought someone was chasing him with a weapon.

John Mendiola, 43, was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. After he is released, he will be booked on suspicion of burglary and felony vandalism.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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