Drunk Man With Axe Breaks Pacific Grove Welcome Sign
February 4, 2013
Early Sunday morning, Pacific Grove police officers arrested a drunk 26-year-old Monterey man who damaged a "Welcome to Pacific Grove" sign.
Just after 5:30am, Andrew Enriquez was seen running with an axe. He was asked to stop, but tried to hide under a parked car on Central Avenue.
"He admitted to having recently watched Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and in his drunken state decided to re-enact some of the fancy axe work," says Pacific Grove Police Commander John Miller.
After his arrest, Enriquez—who, according to police, had been intoxicated—admitted to damaging the welcome sign on the recreation trail near Eardley Avenue. He had used the axe to break the sign in half. Police estimate the damage at $1,800.
Enriquez was charged with felony vandalism, public intoxication, and resisting arrest.
He was released due to a recently-passed law by the Superior Court of Monterey County that allows individual police departments to release individuals on their own recognizance if their crime meets certain criteria. The goal is to help reduce the jail population by trusting arrested persons of lesser crime show up their arraignment date.
Welcome signs in have not been having the best luck in Pacific Grove. Over a year ago, the sign on Highway 68 was ripped off its bolts. Although the incident was never solved, Miller guesses a rope was tied to it and pulled off by a car.