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.
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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.