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Man charged in breaking Griffey statue bat

A vandal broke off part of the bat on the Kent Griffey Jr. statue at Safeco Field. (KOMO News file photo)

SEATTLE -- A 35-year old Seattle man with an extensive criminal history has been charged with first-degree malicious mischief and accused of breaking off part of the bat on the Ken Griffey Jr. statue outside Safeco Field.

The statue cost $100,000, and it may take $50,000 to repair it, court documents say.

Court documents say surveillance video at Safeco Field showed Skyler Mamoru Kaizuka walk up to the statue on Tuesday afternoon, grab the bat and pull it back and forth. He then walked away with part of the bat.

Prosecutor Kyle Houston wrote in court documents that Kaizuka has been booked into King County Jail on 22 warrants since 2001. His criminal history includes vehicle theft, first- and second-degree theft. bail jumping and trafficking in stolen property.

Prosecutors want him held on $10,000 bail and ask that he be prohibited from having contact with Safeco Field.



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