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Concord police investigate act of reckless conduct after cinder block damages downtown bus shelter

  • Someone dropped a cinderblock onto the bus stop on Main Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 14, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Someone dropped a cinderblock onto the bus stop on Main Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Someone dropped a cinderblock onto the bus stop on Main Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 14, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Someone dropped a cinderblock onto the bus stop on Main Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Someone dropped a cinderblock onto the bus stop on Main Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 14, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

    Someone dropped a cinderblock onto the bus stop on Main Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

    (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

  • Someone dropped a cinderblock onto the bus stop on Main Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 14, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Someone dropped a cinderblock onto the bus stop on Main Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 14, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)
  • Someone dropped a cinderblock onto the bus stop on Main Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 14, 2014.<br/><br/>(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

A concrete cinder block fell through the roof of a bus shelter on the corner of North Main and Park streets early yesterday morning, nearly hitting a sleeping man, the Concord police said.

Lt. Timothy O’Malley said the man woke up between 3 and 3:30 a.m. to a loud crash. The cinder block was either dropped or thrown from the roof of the building at 4 Park St., O’Malley said, and it crashed through the plastic covering over the north side of the bus shelter.

“We believe it was done intentionally,” O’Malley said. “We don’t know if it was done intentionally as a prank or if the intent was to harm the person.”

Either way, he said, the incident is startling.

“If this was done intentionally (to harm someone) and just missed, then that’s very concerning,” he said. “If this is some kind of prank, then obviously I don’t need to go into detail about how dangerous that could be.”

The man was not injured, but he was sleeping just feet from where the cinder block ripped through the roof of the bus shelter.

“Debris from the cinder block was actually on his clothing, so it was a pretty close call,” O’Malley said.

Yesterday afternoon, a homeless man who said he was the victim had returned to the bench in the bus shelter. The torn piece of plastic covering was still hanging from the roof, and a few broken pieces of concrete remained on the sidewalk.

“I was trying to get some shut-eye,” he said.

The man said he routinely sleeps on the bench, normally on the side that was directly in the block’s path.

“It landed right over there,” the man said. “It would have broken my legs.”

The man did not initially contact the police; he said another person noticed the damaged bus shelter and reported the incident. The police responded to the call about 7:45 a.m. yesterday.

The police believe as many as three suspects accessed the rooftop of 4 Park St. by using the fire escape. One of the three was possibly a female, O’Malley said, and at least one of the three suspects was barefoot.

He urged anyone with more information to contact the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100 or at concordregionalcrime line.com, or to text TIP234 and the message to CRIMES (274637). Crimeline awards money to anyone whose information leads to the arrest and indictment of criminals, and all tips remain anonymous.

“We may need help from the public on this one,” O’Malley said.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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That was quite an alarm clock.

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