A 29-year-old man who was turned away at the Pierce County jail after trying to surrender on two warrants broke windows at the University of Washington, Tacoma and Dorky’s Bar Arcade in an effort to land himself behind bars.
Pierce County prosecutors have charged Joseph Rosario with second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree malicious mischief for the vandalism he allegedly committed downtown Jan. 5.
Rosario pleaded not guilty to both counts. Bail was set at $25,000.
Charging papers give this account:
Rosario walked into Dorky’s and asked an employee the cheapest thing he could break in the business. The employee asked him to leave.
Moments later, she heard glass breaking and discovered someone had kicked out two window panes in a door.
Repairs are estimated to cost less than $750.
Later, a security guard at UWT arrested Rosario after he admitted to throwing rocks through a library window, causing $1,700 in damages.
When the guard asked Rosario if he wanted to go to jail, Rosario replied, “‘I have been trying to go all night.”
He then told the guard he tried surrender for a Department of Corrections warrant and a misdemeanor warrant but the jail employees had turned him away.