Police Investigating Apartment Vandalism That Caused Massive Flooding

Police arrested a man early Monday after he allegedly turned on a fire hose, flooding all eight floors of a San Diego apartment complex.

Emergency dispatchers received the call shortly after midnight from the complex, which is located in the Little Italy district of San Diego. The apartments are on State Street near West Elm Street.

The caller reported to dispatch that a man turned on a fire hose and was spraying water deliberately into the complex for no apparent reason.


Immense Water Damage

Police Officer Dino Delimitros says that officers arrived at the scene to find that all eight floors of the building were flooded.

“It was gushing like it came out of a fire hydrant,” one apartment resident said. In a video shared by another witness, water levels were shown to reach great depths, almost reaching the top of a fire door in a stairwell connecting to a parking garage.

Another witness who was dropped off at the building next door at 12:30 a.m. when she saw a stream of water gushing down the street. She said it felt like the Titanic.

Emergency Evacuation

San Diego Police evacuated all residents from the building, though at the time of writing it is unsure how many units were affected by the flooding.

San Diego Gas & Electric arrived at the scene to shut off power to the building as crews worked to deal with the water.

Arrest Made

According to Billy Hernandez, spokesperson for the San Diego Police Department, a man named Francisco Morales, 37, was arrested. He is booked on suspicion of felony vandalism. He was found nearby the incident shortly after it occurred.

Rental websites show that units in the apartment complex rent for anywhere between $2,000 and $5,000 a month. The building is located across the street from Washington Elementary School.

Elsewhere in San Diego, police are investigating the vandalism of a Christopher Columbus statue in Chula Vista Park. A vandal covered the statue with red paint. Police are searching for the responsible party, who may face felony vandalism charges.