On August 26, 2016 at about 11:00 am, a man well known to police for his past criminal endeavors, walked up to the front doors of the Hemet Police Station at 450 E. Latham Ave and threw a large rock weighing more than seven pounds through one of the windows.
The boulder was thrown with enough force to shatter the window, almost hitting a woman in the head before striking the wall across the lobby and bouncing off before it hit the ground. The rock didn’t even decelerate while flying through the window at high speed and could’ve seriously injured or killed a woman sitting in the lobby waiting for service.
The woman was sitting in a chair with her back facing the window when the rock was thrown by the subject. She was showered with broken glass and fortunately wasn’t hit by the rock, which missed her head by about two inches or so.
The shattering window sounded like a grenade went off in the police station lobby and alerted police officers nearby and a sergeant who happened to be nearby when the incident occurred. The suspect, Christopher Smith, a 23 year old Hemet Resident, calmly walked away after throwing the rock as if nothing happened.
Officers were onto him immediately and he was taken into custody. He expressed his dislike of the Hemet Police Department as a reason for the act he committed. Smith was charged with felony vandalism, violation of parole and was transported to Riverside County Jail.
Below is a video discussing the event which also includes a report from Eddie George of Hemet Eye News.