Visalia authorities were compelled to call in a Hazmat unit for substance ID and clean after a citizen reported his vehicle being vandalized. The man said that he has been in a custody battle for four years and believes that the perpetrator might be his former spouse.
Custody Battle Leads to Repeated Vandalism
Ronnie Hughes is a Visalia resident and the father of an 8-year-old boy. The man told the reporters that he had been locked in a 4-year-long legal battle over the custody of his son. During this time, his house and car have been vandalized multiple times, up to the point where his roommate left, fearing for he safety.
On Wednesday, at approximately 10:30 a.m., after returning home, Hughes saw there was something amiss with his Nissan Altima car. When he got closer, the man discovered that a strange, malodorous substance was spilled all over his vehicle.
Hughes recalled that apart from its repugnant smell, the substance also burned his skin. The man immediately called the authorities, notifying them about the incident.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., the police, and firefighters on the scene cordoned the area and called in a Hazmat unit. Three hours later, the Hazmat unit managed to clean the area but was not able to identify the substance spilled over Hughes’ car.
According to the man’s affidavit, this isn’t the first time he experienced acts of vandalism. The man recalled that soon after the custody battle started, the found his car’s chassis kicked in, shot, windows were broken, and walls shot.
Hughes also told the authorities that his former roommate was forced to move out soon after his house was vandalized. A security camera managed to capture the license plates belonging to the perpetrator’s car.
Authorities are currently trying to match the images retrieved from the security footage to their car registration database.
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