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Homeless Man Arrested After Using Ax to Smash Windows in Lowe’s Parking Lot in Ventura

A homeless man was arrested Tuesday after he ran into the parking lot of a Ventura Lowe’s store, grabbed an ax, and smashed several windows, the Ventura Police Department said in a news release.

The incident at Lowe’s happened after witnesses reported seeing the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Andrew Martinez, engaged in a physical fight near Porter Lane and Empire Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the fight broke out after individuals confronted Martinez about being in possession of stolen property.

Martinez began throwing rocks and brandished a knife at the victims before fleeing the area on foot.

One of the victims called 911 and followed Martinez on a skateboard and updated dispatchers on his location, police said.

At that point, police said Martinez ran to the parking lot of a Lowe’s on South Mills Road, near the Pacific View Mall, and stole an ax from another victim. He broke several windows using the ax before officers arrived and took him into custody, police said.

Martinez was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing, possession of a dangerous weapon, vandalism, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

No one was injured as a result of this incident.

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