Man Uses Baseball Bat to Strike West Covina Police Department's Windows

WEST COVINA (CNS) - A man used a baseball bat to strike the glass windows of the West Covina police station today and was subsequently arrested.

The man walked to the building's lobby, armed with the bat, at 10:18 a.m. and began striking the windows with the bat near where three women were seated on the other side, according to Rudy Lopez of the West Covina Police Department.

The three women immediately ran from the area and took shelter in a secured area of the lobby as officers within the station responded.

The suspect walked to the entry way repeatedly swinging the bat and striking the glass entry doors threatening to enter, Lopez said.

An officer who had been outside of the building saw what was happening and ran to the suspect, tackling him to the ground, Lopez said. Other officers then assisted in taking the man into custody.

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Christopher Rivas of West Covina, suffered minor injuries from the fall and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Lopez said.

No one was injured in the incident and the outer glass of the police department did not break from the strikes made by Rivas, Lopez said.

Rivas was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. He was later released to the custody of County-USC Medical Center for treatment and evaluation, Lopez said.

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