Residents along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu are on edge after homes and vehicles have been damaged by a man seen on video wielding a weapon that resembles a pickaxe or a hatchet.
Several of the homes are next to each other, and neighbors say the man keeps coming back.
Residents who want to remain anonymous say he’s been seen on camera at least three nights in the past week. They say they don’t feel safe.
“We’re pretty upset about it,” one resident said. “My wife is pretty scared because he’s swinging a pickaxe at my car, my neighbors’ cars, my neighbors’ garage doors.”
He said his car’s windows have been shattered multiple times. The resident said he recently tried to follow the vandal but lost him.
Another neighbor said she’s worried the vandalism can escalate to violence.
“I’m really concerned it could go from vandalism of a car to personal safety,” she said.
Residents say they don’t recognize the man, nor do they understand why he is vandalizing their property.
Residents have filed several reports with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department which is investigating the case.
On Tuesday evening, the Sheriff’s Department released additional details about the case, including the suspect’s identity.
Sheriff’s officials say 55-year-old Thomas Aaron Brothers is the man in the video. Brothers remains outstanding at this time.
He’s described as being 5 feet 10 inches and 164 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair.
Records indicate Brothers does have a criminal record. In 2008, pleaded no contest to threatening a government official.
If arrested as part of this latest investigation, he is likely to face charges for vandalism, the Sheriff’s Department said.