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Zimmerman verdict leads to weird arrests nationwide

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   July 18, 2013 at 11:21 AM
A string of unusual crimes have occurred across the country after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Floridian Joseph Vargo is being held on disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest charges, as Melbourne Beach police say Vargo, 57, punched the window of a moving truck while yelling, "Zimmerman!"

Police responded to an incident at 4 p.m. Tuesday, when Vargo first punched the window. The driver of the truck then left the vehicle, at which point Vargo began hitting the bumper.

Vargo was spotted walking in traffic and taken into custody. He is being held with a $750 bond in the Brevard County Jail.

In another case, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested a suspect on suspicion of stealing the CBS TV crew's camera during coverage of protests following the verdict.

The man claimed to have a gun and took the camera from the KCBS-TV crew. The camera has since been returned to the station.

Also in California, police arrested 17 people in Victorville after protesters tried to storm a shopping mall.

Mall security guards locked down the building, and none of the protesters were able to get in, and the group was ordered to disperse. Seven people did not leave the premises and were arrested for unlawful assembly.

Another group of 10 to 15 people, mostly under the age of 18, opened items at a Chevron gas station and left without paying. No injuries or damages were reported in either California incident.

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