Police to charge man with vandalism, destruction of property in Amherst restaurant incidents


Staff Writer 
Published: 11/22/2021 1:12:31 PM

AMHERST — A former employee at a downtown restaurant who returned to the business twice on Sunday evening, causing damage and physically confronting the owner, is being summoned to court on criminal charges, according to police.

Officers responded to Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar, 51 East Pleasant St., at 7:50 p.m. after getting a call about a 21-year-old man who created a disturbance after coming back to the restaurant from which he had been fired. According to police, the man allegedly knocked a potted plant to the floor, breaking it, and slapped the cellphone out of the owner’s hand when he informed the man he would be calling police.

After he fled, the suspect was located off Triangle Street near the high school track and was informed by officers he will have to appear at a show cause hearing in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown on a charge of malicious destruction of property under $1,200, police said.

At 10:35 p.m., police received another 911 call from the restaurant after the same suspect was at the building, with customers inside, and breaking windows. The man fled and was not immediately located, but will have a charge of vandalizing property added to his alleged offenses, according to police.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com. 

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