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Dad arrested after ramming van into kids' room

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

August 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man was behind bars Monday after allegedly ramming his van into his children's room.Police say they responded at about 2:25 a.m. Friday and found Jose Padilla, 48, ramming a white Chevrolet Express van into a home on the 500 block of South C Street.

Officers say that according to the suspect's estranged wife and three teenaged children, Padilla began yelling and banging on the windows as the family slept inside. When the children heard their father get into the vehicle and start it up, they climbed out of their beds and left the room.

Officers say that's when Padilla backed his van through the wall several times, ripping through the wall. The force of the impact pushed the beds inward and caused glass to come crashing down in the bedroom.

Police say the children's quick actions kept them from getting seriously injured.

Padilla was charged with assault with a deadly weapon-domestic related, child endangerment and felony vandalism.


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