Man arrested on roof after bizarre crime spree in Rancho Santa Fe

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RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — Officers arrested a man they believe was high on drugs early Friday after he crashed two SUVs, assaulted another driver and tried to break into a home, authorities said.

Joshua Harrington, 33, was arrested on the roof of a home in the 17200 block of Via De Fortuna in Rancho Santa Fe. He was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, assault and carjacking.

Investigators said that the series of crimes began around midnight when Harrington crashed his Chevy Tahoe in the 4600 block of El Mirlo in Rancho Santa Fe. When another driver stopped to help him, Harrington beat him and stole his white Lexus sedan, officers said. But he didn’t get far. He crashed the Lexus a few block away, rolling it onto its roof, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Brad Denham said.

“Immediately after that collision, he exited the vehicle and attempted to gain entry into the residence in which he crashed into,” Denham said. “He then climbed onto the roof of that residence and barricaded himself on the roof. ”

Deputies climbed up a ladder to the roof and tried to coax Harrington down. He eventually gave up and was handcuffed and taken by ambulance for medical observation.

2 comments

  • TrueCitizen

    how do you “barricade” yourself onto a roof? It inherently has no walls or a roof! Maybe he was on that whyphy

    • DREa

      He is my son, and had no drugs in his system when he was arrested. He is a combat veteran suffering from PTSD, and psychosis. No drugs were found in is system by the medical examination. He stopped taking his meds about a month ago because of the side effects and I tried to get him to go back to the VA for treatment…

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