MT. SHASTA, Calif. — The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office says that a Mt. Shasta man is in custody following a campaign of vandalism and intimidation at one home that left the victims "terrified."
Deputies responded to the 700-block of Michele Drive near Mt. Shasta just before 6 p.m. on Friday, May 8. According to a report from the people living at the home, someone had thrown bottles at their house and damaged a sprinkler.
"The home had been the subject of previous vandalism calls in recent weeks, including glass bottles and eggs being thrown at the residence, the mail box was destroyed, a security system sign was damaged by either a pellet gun or small caliber firearm, and a light post was broken and damaged with paint," the Sheriff's Office said.
On one occasion, the residents found a bottle apparently made into a "Molotov Cocktail" in their driveway.
The Sheriff's Office said that the victims were "fearful and terrified" by the repeated vandalism, but were able to give investigators a lead on a possible suspect.
Deputies contacted 64-year-old Dean Blackburn of Mt. Shasta and questioned him about the vandalism. According to the Sheriff's Office, they developed probable cause to arrest Blackburn, but he resisted arrest and had to be restrained when they tried to take him into custody.
Officers found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in one of his pockets following the arrest, the Sheriff's Office said.
Blackburn was taken to the Siskiyou County Jail and booked on a list of charges, including felony vandalism, stalking, and resisting, obstructing, or delaying a peace officer. He also faces explosive-related charges for the alleged Molotov Cocktail incident. Blackburn is set to be arraigned in court within the next 48 hours.
“This arrest was an important one because it ended a crime spree perpetrated against the innocent victims in this case, who were terrified by the series of vandalism incidents perpetrated against them in recent weeks," said Sheriff Jon Lopey. "These are serious charges, including the stalking offense, which typically involves repeated harassment that creates a credible threat of harm for the victim or his/her immediate family. When a flammable, explosive device with accelerants is used, the potential damage and harm to others is also of grave concern."