Man Punches Window in Fairhaven Restaurant, Tries to Flee Police
UPDATE (9:50 A.M.) - Fairhaven Police Lt. Kevin Kobza says the suspect in the incident, Nestor Jovel-Arias, 23, of New Bedford, was arrested after being treated for injuries received during the incident Thursday night. Jovel-Arias is charged with vandalism, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace.
FAIRHAVEN — The pool of blood in the parking lot, not yet dry, was an indication that something unusual had occurred at a local Mexican restaurant.
Thursday evening, police were called to Frontera Grill at 214 Huttleston Avenue for a report of a patron that had caused damage to the men's room door.
"I don't know what happened, maybe he got into a fight with his girlfriend or something," Frontera manager Jorge Valera told WBSM News. "I guess he came into the men's room and was still angry, and he punched the window."
Valera said the man came out of the men's room with his hand all wrapped up in paper towels. When Valera told him he would have to pay for the damage, he said the man tried to act as if nothing had happened.
"He kept saying, 'I didn't break your window,' but there was blood all over the bathroom, his hand was cut and bleeding and there was glass on the floor," Valera said. He said the man tried to stuff his hand, wrapped in the paper towels, into his pocket.
According to Valera, when he mentioned calling an ambulance to the man, the man insisted he didn't need one, despite bleeding profusely.
When the ambulance and police arrived at the restaurant, Valera said the man tried to escape out the side door and attempted to jump over the patio fence, when police caught him and placed him in custody.
WBSM News has reached out to Fairhaven Police to find out the man's identity and what charges are being brought against him in the incident.
The restaurant remained open throughout the incident, and the men's room has been cleaned and reopened for use.