ST. GEORGE — A Santa Clara man is facing a felony criminal mischief charge for taking a baseball bat to the windows of a pizza restaurant early Saturday morning.
Brannon T. Marlow, 48, was arrested Saturday after family members notified the St. George Police Department he may be the one who shattered the windows in the lobby and drive-through of the Little Caesars on 700 South, according to a probable cause statement.
Around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, a passerby contacted the police when they saw the aftermath of what had happened to the restaurant. Police officers arrived at the scene and began to investigate while the restaurant owner was contacted. Investigators believed the vandalism occurred sometime between 2:30-4:30 a.m.
Damage to the restaurant was estimated to be at least $6,000 according to the probable cause statement.
As news of the incident spread, police were contacted by Marlow’s family.
“Marlow’s family is connected to the owner of Little Caesars due to a civil lawsuit they are going through,” the statement reads.
Marlow went with his family to the Police Department and was informed of his Miranda rights by the officer who wrote the probable cause statement. The officer wrote that Marlow said he understood his rights and agreed to speak to him.
When asked about the damage done to the Little Caesars, Marlow initially said he couldn’t remember the night prior due to heavy drinking. However, he admitted a few minutes later that he remembered hitting at least two of the windows with a baseball bat. Afterward he threw the bat somewhere but couldn’t recall exactly where.
Marlow also mentioned being angry at the owner of the Little Caesar over the civil lawsuit, according to the statement.
Based on the damage done to Little Caesars and Marlow admitting to breaking at least two of the windows, he was arrested and charged with a second-degree felony for criminal mischief.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
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