Police: ‘Alice Wonderland’ says hookah-smoking caterpillar told him to vandalize Florida construction site

Mathew Horace Jones

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WKRG) — A Walton County man has been arrested for a Saturday night rampage in Crestview.

The rampage caused more than $100,000 in damage to a liquor store under construction at the Crestview Walmart and to construction equipment.

Around 9:10 p.m., police say 32-year-old Mathew Horace Jones of Freeport used a forklift to damage the building under construction.

According to police, Jones allegedly broke into the fenced-in construction site using a JCB extendable forklift parked at the job site.

The building under construction was destroyed. Additionally, the suspect damaged a city fire hydrant and a 2-inch water meter worth about $3,200.

Crestview Police received calls that the suspect was “throwing cinder blocks off the scaffolding in the construction zone.”

According to a building contractor, the damage included $40,000 in scaffolding and materials, $15,000 in block and mortar, a $15,000 forklift, a $7,500 mixer, $1,500 in mud pans and $4,000 in damaged fencing.

The suspect also caused about $60,000 in labor to clean and rebuild the site.

When Crestview Police Officers arrived on the scene, Jones aimed the forklift toward officers. The officers stopped Jones at gunpoint and were able to detain him.

Jones stated his name was “Alice Wonderland” and said he was told to commit the offenses by a hookah-smoking caterpillar.

Crestview Police Sgt. Don Howe said, “the defendant stated Walmart was building a place to sell alcohol and he had a problem with it.”

The suspect was on probation but is now charged with felony grand theft, use of a motor vehicle to damage property of another in excess of $1,000, criminal mischief with damage greater than $1,000, and violation of felony probation.

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