A man who kicked out the window of a police car and ran away in handcuffs was arrested blocks away and taken back into custody Sunday morning, according to police.
Brian Jenkins, 33, allegedly had been using a razor blade to deface posters at Zeitgeist in the Mission district after being denied entry into the closed bar.
Bartender Ben Rubin told The San Francisco Examiner he called police about a “squirrelly” man lurking when he tried to open around 9 a.m.
“He wanted to come in. I told him that we’re not open, but have a nice morning,” Rubin said. “Then he started flipping out, kicking the building.”
Police reportedly arrived and detained Jenkins without incident, handcuffing him and placing him in a patrol car.
While the police officer was inside the bar completing the report, Jenkins, who was reportedly lying on his stomach in the police car, kicked out a rear-door window and took off running, according to witnesses.
“He shattered it. Then he hopped out and he walked away,” said Luis Quintana, an employee at Oil Changers across the street from the bar. “I was trying to catch him ... then he started to run and I went inside Zeitgeist to tell the police officer.”
The officer saw the broken glass and called for backup, Police Department spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. Minutes later and a few blocks away, Jenkins was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and a felonious escape.
He also did not resist arrest the second time, Esparza said.
“I don’t know what the mental state was or if the guy had anything on him,” Esparza said. “He’s not a very big guy either. He’s pretty average. The back window has the metal bar to go across it to prevent that from happening.”