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'Snitches' get ... vandalized cars? 

SIOUX CITY -- It started with a can of pink spray paint and, apparently, an ax to grind. 

A Sioux City man was arrested last week after spray painting "snitch" -- and several other words we can't print -- on a woman's car, in addition to busting out the vehicle's front and back windshields. 

Court documents say 18-year-old Elija Eugene Perales vandalized the vehicle, a 2012 Dodge Charger parked in the 900 block of 10th Street, around 4 a.m. on May 24. On the passenger's side, he painted the word "snitch" in bright pink letters. He then proceeded to paint various profanities on the trunk and rear bumper.

The front and back windshield were also broken on the vehicle, with total damage estimated at $4,000 to $5,000, according to court documents. 

A week later, Perales was stopped by police on 18th Street just west of Hawkeye Drive. He did not go quietly. 

Following the stop, documents say he pulled away and began running, with officers pursuing him in vehicles and on foot. 

At one point, as officers began to handcuff him, he began swinging his arms and elbowed an officer to the nose, documents said. The blow left the officer with pain to the nose and a headache.  

Once apprehended and taken inside the squad car, Perales kicked the door and sprung the top portion of the door, causing an estimated $600 in damage, according to documents. 

Perales was eventually booked into Woodbury County Jail on charges of second- and third-degree criminal mischief, eluding, assault of a police officer and failure to obey a police officer.

He was being held on $10,000 bond. 

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