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Hillcrest's Urban Mo's vandal suspect appears in court

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A sobering day in court for the woman accused of vandalizing a popular gay Hillcrest bar.

According to police, Raquel Bonilla, 22, is one of two women who were caught on camera throwing rocks at Urban Mo's in August.

Last month, one of the cameras captured the suspect, Bonilla, and another woman throwing rocks through a customized door at Urban Mo's after being kicked out of the bar.

The owner of Urban Mo's said he wants Bonilla to be held accountable but hopes she does not serve jail time.

Facing a judge for the first time on Thursday, Bonilla entered a not guilty plea and denied the allegations against her. She was charged with felony vandalism.

If convicted, Bonilla could face a year-and-a-half to three years in jail. Urban Mo's owner said it’s a tough conviction.

"That is awfully a harsh thing. I would hate to see anybody have to go to jail but maybe some good community," said Chris Shaw.

The broken glass door cost $1,200 to replace because it is custom made.

"I would assume she would have already called and done an apology, but we have not heard from her at all," said Shaw.

Bonilla is free on bail but was ordered to stay way form Urban Mo's and its employees.

She is required to appear at Las Colinas Detention Center on Sunday for a booking and release.

"This is our community center. It's not just a bar and restaurant. It's a community center where we all come to enjoy and want to know that we can come here and be safe," said Shaw.

Police said they have not identified the second suspect seen on the surveillance video throwing a rock.

Bonilla is scheduled to be back in court next month.



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