Crime

Angry neighbors confront Modesto burglar with baseball bats

A parolee who broke into three homes in a matter of minutes suddenly found himself looking down the barrel of a baseball bat.

Police say Mark Anthony Patino, 39, of Modesto began his crime spree Monday night by breaking a window and entering a home on the 600 block of 4th Street in west Modesto. He went to a second home on the same block and burst in through an unlocked door, and did so again at a home on 5th Street, Sgt. Brian Findlen said.

Suddenly, Patino found himself facing an angry group of neighbors wielding baseball bats and sticks. A police officer responding to another call in the area came upon the confrontation at 6:12 p.m. and needed to use a Taser to subdue Patino, Findlen said.

Patino, who served time in prison on drug-related charges, was booked for vandalism, residential burglary and parole violations. He is being held without bail.

He was one of five parolees arrested by MPD officers for parole violations or new crimes between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. Tuesday, Findlen said.

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