Police: Man destroys construction site, blames 'hookah-smoking caterpillar'

CRESTVIEW, Fla. - A Freeport man who identified himself as 'Alice in Wonderland' to police caused more than $100,000 worth of damage to a Walmart liquor store construction site Saturday night, according to Crestview Police.

Officers said Mathew Jones, 32, broke into a fenced-in construction site on Ferdon Boulevard South around 9:10 p.m.

He allegedly then started destroying the under-construction building with an extendable forklift parked at the job site, according to police.

Callers to 911 also said Jones "was throwing cinder blocks off the scaffolding in the construction zone."

When officers arrived, they said the suspect aimed the forklift toward them, at which point they stopped him at gunpoint and arrested him.

Jones told police "his name was Alice Wonderland and he was told to commit the offenses by a hookah-smoking caterpillar," according to his arrest report.

He also allegedly said the Walmart was a "place to sell alcohol and he had a problem with it."

The suspect's rampage damaged scaffolding and materials, block and mortar, the forklift itself, a fire hydrant and water meter that belong to the city.

Factoring in repair costs and overtime labor to repair the site, company officials estimate the total damage to be at $128,000.

Jones is charged with felony grand theft, use of a motor vehicle to damage property of another in excess of $1,000, criminal mischief with damage greater than $1,000 and violation of felony probation.

He's currently on probation for burglary.


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