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Man who vandalized police SUV dies after being hit by train in unrelated incident

A railroad crossing sign (MarkBuckawicki/WikiCommons)
October 04, 2018

A 23-year-old man who was arrested in Sept. for destroying a downtown Fresno police vehicle, died on Sunday in an alleged suicide after he threw himself under a moving freight train.

According to police, Adolfo Martinez Lopez took his own life around 9 a.m. Sunday morning, ABC 30 News reported this week.

“There was a collision at Blackstone and McKinley Sunday afternoon (September 30) involving a train and a person near the tracks. Our Coroner’s Office has confirmed that the identity of the young man is 23-year-old Aldolfo Lopez of Fresno,” Fresno County Sheriff’s Spokesperson Tony Botti said, according to a KMJ Now report.

In early Sept., Lopez was caught on video stomping on top of a police SUV, busting out windows, and causing significant damage while officers circled the vehicle, coaxing him to stop, all in front of police headquarters.

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The video, which eventually went viral, captures the scene near M Street and Mariposa. As onlookers watched the 40-minute standoff, Lopez yelled vulgarities and gestures to those who watched. At one point, he took off his belt and wielded it as a weapon in a threatening manner.

One officer took advantage of the opportunity to give Lopez a push, causing him to fall from the vehicle. Police were then able to apprehend him.

Lopez bellowed “I’m not on drugs!”

As he was being escorted into an ambulance, someone from the crowd asked Lopez, “Why’d you do it, dude?”

“What does that matter?” he responded.

“That’s thousands of dollars worth of damage. Officers did show a lot of restraint,” Sgt. Mark Hudson of the Fresno Police Department said.

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Lopez was arrested and taken for a mental health evaluation, then escorted to jail.

He was charged with two felony counts, suspicion of vandalism and deterring an officer by threat or violence and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a public officer.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said Lopez had a $30,000 bail.

A GoFundMe was established to help cover the funeral costs for Lopez. After two days, $2,351 had been raised of a $7,000 goal.

The page said that Lopez was a loving and funny person, always outgoing with a smile on his face.