NEWBURY PARK : Air Conditioner Shot During Quarrel

A squabble between two Newbury Park roommates over the cost of running an air conditioner ended Tuesday with one man under arrest and the air conditioner damaged by rifle bullets.

Matthew E. Shaub, 30, was arrested after he allegedly fired four bullets into the air conditioner from outside his Dandelion Court house about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sheriff's Detective Ernie Montagna said.

He said Shaub had been angry with his roommate, 23-year-old Howard Mack, because the windows were open in their rented house while the air conditioner was running.

After loading his .22-caliber rifle, Shaub allegedly fired the shots through the air conditioner and through Mack's bedroom wall, Montagna said. He said Mack's girlfriend also was in the house.

Shaub was arrested on suspicion of shooting into an occupied building.

Sgt. Jeff Matson said Shaub, who was wearing a leg cast from a recent motorcycle accident, was being held in Ventura County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. He is to be arraigned Thursday.

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