Restaurant owner Jamie McDonald talks with NBC 6 about the damage inflicted on his East City Grill by the bike-riding suspect BSO detectives have dubbed "Aquaman."
Authorities are searching for “Aquaman,” a portly bicyclist they say has vandalized and flooded a Weston church and restaurant.
The suspect appears laid-back in loafers, Bermuda shorts and even a black cap in surveillance video, but the Broward Sheriff’s Office calls him a “water-wasting vandal.” The older man turned on water valves, turned on sprinklers, put a hose in an air vent and kicked PVC pipes in apparent efforts to flood the First Baptist Church at Weston and the East City Grill, the BSO said.
Detectives said they believe he did the same thing at least three times – twice at the church at 1420 Indian Trace in January and May, and once at the restaurant at 1800 Bell Tower Lane last September.
“He took the hose and he came around the back of the restaurant here and he actually stuck it inside the vent. It flooded out the entire kitchen," said Jamie McDonald, the owner of East City Grill.
Aquaman’s motive is unclear, but both places were left with some flood damage, the BSO said.
“The minute I opened the door, the water just started rushing out like a major flood," said McDonald, who said that his restaurant suffered at least $30,000 worth of damage.
The BSO asked anyone who can identify the suspect to call Detective Doug Wendt at 954-659-3531, anonymously call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS, or visit www.browardcrimestoppers.org.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
“It’s only a matter of time," McDonald said. "Someone will recognize the video or someone will cross his path and realize that he’s the one that’s doing this all.”