Man arrested after vandalizing police station

Ozaukee Press staff

   A 22-year-old man appearing to be on drugs vandalized the lobby of the Grafton police station on Sunday, March 11.
    At approximately 12:30 p.m., the man entered the station, kicked a hole in a wall and tore down pictures in the lobby, according to Grafton Police Chief Charles Wenten.
    “The individual took one of the pictures and threw it at the dispatch windows, which are made of Lexan, with such force that it actually scratched one of the windows,” Wenten said during a Public Safety Committee meeting on Tuesday.
    Wenten said the man was extremely violent, but was taken into custody without incident when the officers arrived.
    “As they got him down and secured him in handcuffs, the first words out of their mouths were, ‘Are you OK?’” Wenten said.
    “They were courteous, focused and in control. I’m very proud of the manner in which they resolved that issue.”
    The man was transported to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton for evaluation and then taken to the Ozaukee County jail.
Wenten said the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs and is waiting for a toxicology report.
    During the meeting, Wenten also commended the dispatcher who was present during the incident.
    “I am incredibly impressed and proud of her for her cool, calm and collected manor of dispatching, requesting resources, updating the officers as they were coming to the scene,” he said.
    The Cedarburg Police Department, Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol also responded to the incident.
    Wenten said the department will re-evaluate the security of its lobby to ensure staff members working behind the front desk are safe.
    “I watched the video many times and the fury with which this individual attacked the Grafton Police Department was jaw dropping,” he said.



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