The woman who captured the LAPD car smash on her camera describes just how bizarre it was to watch a bar-wielding man destroy the patrol vehicle's glass. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
A man who calmly walked up to a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car and took a metal bar to the windows Tuesday afternoon had tourists and superhero-look-alikes puzzled as they watched on Hollywood Boulevard.
Australian visitor Danielle Mitchell was one of those of observers, who captured the incident on camera.
"I’m not really surprised. I’ve seen a lot of crazy things over the years happen on the Hollywood boulevard. This is probably the most interesting thing I’ve seen happen," Mitchell said.
The incident began to unfold about 1 p.m. when a bar-wielding man approached the parked police car and smashed out all windows but the windshield. He then reached into the car, took out a laptop computer, opened it and began typing, LAPD officials said.
Not long after the car's glass shattered, police had the man on the ground and spread out across one of the Hollywood Walk of Fame's gold stars as they handcuffed him.
"Hollywood is a dynamic place, and if a crime is committed here, it will be dealt with immediately and decisively," city councilman Mitch O'Farrell told NBC4.
The arrest went down in Hollywood fashion as folks dressed as "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader and Superman watched nearby.
"Just another day in Hollyweird, you know what I mean," a man dressed as Ironman said.
The man, who is a resident of Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, police said. He did not say why he smashed the windows.
The man was identfied as Leyston Rice, 27. Bond was set at $20,000.