Two women, including ex-employee, are charged after Costa Mesa restaurant is smashed with bat

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Two Fullerton women — Passion Shenay Coleman, 27, left, and Laglennda Damona Carr, 24 — were charged Tuesday in connection with vandalism at Maggiano’s Little Italy at South Coast Plaza.
(Courtesy of Costa Mesa Police Department)

Two women arrested Saturday after a South Coast Plaza restaurant was vandalized with a bat now face multiple felony charges, according to authorities and court records.

One of the women, a former employee, reportedly entered Maggiano’s Little Italy in the 3300 block of Bristol Street at 1:30 p.m. and used the bat to vandalize a television, table settings and plates, causing what police said was thousands of dollars worth of damage. Customers had to leave, but no injuries were reported, police said.

Another woman accompanied the ex-employee and yelled and behaved disruptively, police said. The women wore hoodies and face paint.

Both were taken into custody in a nearby parking lot as they were trying to leave, police said.


Maggiano’s Little Italy at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa was vandalized Saturday afternoon, police said.
(Luke Money)

Passion Shenay Coleman, 27, of Fullerton, who police said was the former employee, was treated at the scene for cuts to her hands and taken to a hospital for further treatment before she was booked into the Costa Mesa Police Department jail. Her bail was set at $500,000.

She was arraigned Tuesday on two felony counts of vandalism and one felony count each of criminal threats, second-degree burglary, assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to court records.

Coleman also faces misdemeanor counts of battery, assault, wearing a mask or disguise for an unlawful purpose, brandishing a weapon and resisting a peace officer. She is in custody at Orange County Jail and has not yet entered a plea, court records show.


Police alleged Coleman visited the restaurant first at about 11:40 a.m. and made threats and threw a plate at an employee.

Laglennda Damona Carr, 24, also of Fullerton, who police said accompanied Coleman, was booked into Costa Mesa jail and later taken to Orange County Jail, where she is in custody with bail set at $25,000.

Carr was arraigned Tuesday on three felony counts — second-degree burglary, vandalism and conspiracy to commit a crime — as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting a peace officer and wearing a mask or disguise for an unlawful purpose. She had not entered a plea as of Tuesday afternoon, according to court records.

A man who answered the phone at Maggiano’s on Monday morning said the restaurant would be open for business as usual. He referred all questions to Maggiano’s parent company, Brinker International Inc., which did not respond to a request for comment.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Costa Mesa police Det. Jesse Chartier at (714) 754-5356.

Luke Money is a Daily Pilot staff writer. KTLA contributed to this report.

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3:45 PM, Oct. 08, 2019: This article was originally published at 4:16 p.m. Oct. 6 and has been updated with additional information.