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SLCPD Officers Arrest Man Accused of Vandalizing Patrol Cars

SALT LAKE CITY — Officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department arrested a 28-year-old man who is accused of damaging four police cars.

This investigation started at approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2023, when a security guard approached officers at 110 West Pierpont Avenue and told them about a man vandalizing nearby police cars. The officers were conducting foot patrols as part of a dedicated effort by the SLCPD to help ensure safety in the city’s entertainment districts.

When officers found that man, later identified as David Caloca, he ran through the parking lot. Officers quickly and safely took Caloca into custody. Caloca resisted arrest.

As officers walked Caloca to be processed, he kicked the front fender of a parked police car.

Caloca is accused of kicking two police cars and keying or scratching two others, causing significant damage to three cars.

The damage to the three patrol cars is more than $1,500 per car.

Officers took Caloca to the Salt Lake County Metro Jail and charged him with three counts of criminal mischief, failing to stop at the command of a police officer, and interfering with an arresting officer.

Charges are only allegations, and every arrested person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

No further information on this case is being released. Neither the PIO nor the On-Duty Watch Commander are available for interviews.

No photos are immediately available.