Evidence Points to Hopland Man Vandalizing Cafe, Says MCSO

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in court and anyone described must be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On 6/22/2022 at 2:46 AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to report vandalism and an ongoing disturbance in the 13300 block of the 101 Freeway in Hopland, CA.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office dispatch center informed deputies that an intoxicated man was vandalizing the Blue Bird Cafe.

Upon their arrival, the deputies contacted Mark Pivec [age 71 from Hopland], which stood in front of the Hopland Tap House, located across from the Blue Bird Cafe. During a conversation with Pivec, the deputies found that he showed objective signs of alcohol intoxication.

Deputies observed that one of the large front windows of the Blue Bird Cafe had been smashed with a newsstand resting halfway inside the business. The door on the south side of the building; which leads to the upstairs apartments, was broken and the glass was intact a short distance away.

There was a white vehicle parked beside the sidewalk in front of the cafe; which had mustard splattered on the outside. There was blood in front of the broken window and on the newsstand; which was obviously used to break the glass.

Deputies observed that Pivec had a severe cut on his hand; who was bleeding. Deputies continued their investigation and developed probable grounds to believe Pivec was so inebriated that he could no longer care for himself or others.

Deputies believed Pivec threw the newsstand out the window of the Blue Bird Cafe, causing the window to burst. Deputies found Pivec damaged the apartment door and threw mustard at the vehicle parked outside; which caused paint damage and dents in the body panels.

The cost to repair the damage listed above was estimated to be over $1000.00 in total.

Deputies arrested Pivec for 594(b)(1) PC (Felony Vandalism) and 647(f) PC (Misdemeanor Public Intoxication).

Pivec was transported to Adventist Health Ukiah Valley where he was treated for his injuries and deemed fit for incarceration. Pivec was then incarcerated at the Mendocino County Jail where he was held in lieu of $15,000.00 bond.


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