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GP Police Arrested Vandalism Suspect Twice at Fairgrounds and Fred Meyer

Grants Pass Police arrested a vandalism suspect twice on Tuesday -- once for an incident at The Flying Lark and the second time for an incident at Fred Meyer.

The Police Department reports officers responded to a vandalism complaint at the multi-million-dollar facility next to Grants Pass Downs at the Josephine County Fairgrounds at about 11:25 a.m. yesterday.

Police said 46-year-old David Israel McDonald was arrested for ripping out plants at The Flying Lark. He was placed into custody and provided a statement related to an incident that happened earlier that day in the 1100-block of SW Ballinger Drive when he was seen on video surveillance slashing all four tires and a window on a Jeep Wrangler.

McDonald was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony 1st-Degree Criminal Mischief and Criminal Trespass for the Ballinger Drive incident and he was jailed for Disorderly Conduct for The Flying Lark incident.

After McDonald was released from jail last night, he created three calls for service by causing public alarm with his unruly behavior. He entered a trailer belonging to Quest Mark in the parking lot of Fred Meyer and attempted to steal a propane tank valued at $35.

The suspect walked into Fred Meyer with a bloody hand and was placed into custody by officers who performed a welfare check. This time, he was lodged in jail for Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Disorderly Conduct and Attempted Theft. He was being held without bail as of late last night.
Posted on 4/24/24 11:11AM by Sam Marsh