On March 18 at almost 4 p.m., witnesses saw a red late-model sedan pull into the back parking lot of Jack's Grocery in Julian at a high rate of speed. A man was seen jumping out with a golf club and entering the store while screaming and yelling. Once inside, the man broke all the front windows of the store with the golf club. The store clerk was able to make it out the front door unharmed.
A crowd gathered and people were heard asking the man to please stop. Children that witnessed the incident said they were upset because nobody tried to stop the man.
Besides the windows, merchandise was destroyed before the suspect fled in his vehicle south, out of town. Sheriff's deputies were close behind. Other witnesses subsequently reported that the man had ditched his car off an embankment and attempted to hide in the bushes. After a search that involved three helicopters and many law-enforcement officers, the suspect was caught and taken to jail.