Man accused in attempted vehicle break-in |

Man accused in attempted vehicle break-in

Staff Reports

A 26-year-old man was charged with two crimes Wednesday after he reportedly tried to break into a vehicle, then took a swing at the owner who came out to investigate the early morning incident.

Spike Bryce Agosta was charged with assault, a misdemeanor, and tampering with a motor vehicle, a gross misdemeanor. A preliminary breath test indicated his blood-alcohol content at .212, nearly three times the legal limit for driving.

According to reports, deputies were called to a residence in the 1400 block of Grendon Way in Chichester Estates for a vehicle burglary in progress just before 4 a.m.

When deputies arrived, Agosta was sitting on the driveway next to a pool of vomit. He was dressed in a T-shirt and shorts but no shoes or socks. He was unable to tell deputies how he got to the residence from his parents house across the Valley.

The victim said he was sitting in his living room when he heard what sounded like someone outside his open window.

He said he watched the suspect attempt to gain entry to his vehicle by checking door handles.

He went outside and confronted the suspect, and the two got in an altercation.

He said Agosta swung at him, but he was able to deflect the punch and hit Agosta in the face.

East Fork Judge Tom Perkins appointed attorney Kris Brown to represent Agosta and set his next court appearance for Wednesday.

He reduced Agosta’s bail from $25,000 when he was originally arrested for burglary, to $2,000 to reflect the criminal charges.

“You’re in a lot of trouble,” Perkins said. “If you bail out, you are under Department of Alternative Sentencing supervision, and cannot have any drugs or alcohol.”

Agosta is subject to random search and seizure and must stay away from the alleged victim.