Case # 17WF0644
Date: March 22, 2017
MAN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING BB GUN AT HBPD SUBSTATION AND SHATTERING WINDOW WHILE OFFICERS WERE INSIDE
WESTMINSTER, Calif. – A man was charged with shooting a BB gun at a Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) substation and shattering a window while officers were inside. Antonio Padilla, 29, Huntington Beach, was charged on March 20, 2017, with one felony count of vandalism with damage over $400 or more and one misdemeanor count of grossly negligent discharge of a BB device, with a sentencing enhancement for a prior felony strike conviction for aggravated assault in Orange County. If convicted, Padilla faces a maximum of six years in state prison. The defendant is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on March 28, 2017, in Department W-2, West Justice Center, Westminster.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on March 16, 2017, Padilla is accused of shooting a BB gun at a HBPD substation located in an outdoor strip mall. The defendant is accused of firing approximately four shots at the glass window of the substation and fleeing the scene. Two metal BB pellets penetrated and shattered the glass window, causing nearly $1,000 in damage. HBPD officers inside the substation investigated the incident and arrested Padilla later that day.
Deputy District Attorney Michael Pevney of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.