Newsom’s car vandalized

Police aren’t sure whether a disheveled man arrested near Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Russian Hill apartment Wednesday morning knew whose town car he was vandalizing, but he found out after the mayor’s security chased him down.

According to police, Gregory Burgos, a 41-year-old parolee, walked up to the city-issued car and looked right at the occupants, two police officers assigned to the mayor’s protection. He then pulled out a “sharp object” and scraped it along the side of the vehicle.

“It’s unclear at this point if the man knew it was the mayor’s car,” police Sgt. Steve Mannina said.

According to Mannina, the town car was parked near the intersection of Leavenworth Street and Pacific Avenue just before 9 a.m. when the act of vandalism occurred. One officer got out of the car to arrest the man, but Burgos ran off, leading to an early morning chase in the Russian Hill neighborhood.

When the officer caught up to Burgos a couple blocks away, Mannina said, there was an intense struggle before the man was taken into custody.

Police arrested Burgos on suspicion of felony vandalism, resisting arrest and violating his parole. The mayor’s office did not return calls for comment.

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