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Immigrant damages squad car, desires deportation

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man was arrested Sept. 30 after throwing a rock through a Worthington Police Department squad car window in hopes of getting deported.

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WORTHINGTON - A Worthington man was arrested Sept. 30 after throwing a rock through a Worthington Police Department squad car window in hopes of getting deported.

According to the criminal complaint, Gerson Santizo, 26, waited for an officer to come to the parking lot at Prairie Justice Center, where he had shattered the patrol car’s rear window in the early afternoon.  

A Guatemalan immigrant, Santizo told law enforcement he knew throwing the rock was a bad decision, but that he was homeless and had no money or identification. He added that he had tried calling immigration for assistance, but that nobody would help him.

He said he had no money for a plane ticket and did not have money to repair the squad car’s window.

Estimated damage to the car is approximately $700.

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Santizo faces a third-degree damage to property - public safety motor vehicle charge.The maximum sentence if convicted of the gross misdemeanor charge is one year imprisonment and/or $3,000 fine.

Santizo’s initial appearance in Nobles County District Court is scheduled for Oct. 17.

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