Los Altos police arrest transient for bus vandalism Monday

The Los Altos Police Department arrested a homeless man after finding him beating a bus with a hammer late Monday morning, according to Sgt. Steve Spillman.

LAPD officers responded after being called by Mountain View police officers, who arrived first at the scene near Whole Foods on El Camino Real. Since it was their jurisdiction, LAPD took over the investigation at approximately 11 a.m., Spillman said.

The officers detained and booked Jesse Cortinas, 60, on charges of felony vandalism since he caused more than $400 in damages to the exterior of a Santa Clara County Transit bus, Spillman said.

According to the Santa Clara County inmate locator database, Cortinas is behind bars at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas; his bail is set at $26,000. He is scheduled to appear in court at noon Wednesday (Feb. 6) at a location to be determined.

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