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ROSEVILLE --

A Roseville man has gone from testifying against mandatory vaccinations at the State Capitol, to allegedly hiding-out from police in a garbage can.

"I've found people in trash cans before. It's one of those places, if you're a veteran officer, you look everywhere, you look in everything," said Sargent Jason Bosworth of the Roseville Police Department.

Joshua Coleman, 41, has been charged with willful cruelty to a child, after Roseville Police say he left his kids alone while some of the bizarre incident was playing out.

"Three SUVs of police officers pulled in the cul-de-sac as we were watching outside. I didn't see much next because I grabbed the kids and said 'We're taking cover,'" said Joshua Waugh, a parent with a little girl who goes to George Sargeant Elementary School.

Waugh says he had no idea what was happening as police searched neighboring backyards for Coleman.

He says police flooded his neighborhood, after Coleman ran when another parent reported seeing him put scratches into a car with a key.

That parent says Coleman had one of his sons tucked under one arm while the other arm was outstretched, digging his key into the length of a car as he walked along side it.

That car was parked in a handicapped space.

"I guess this car had a handicapped placard, so there no reason why he would have taken exception to it parking there," said Sgt. Bosworth.

According to Coleman's Facebook page, this would not be the first dust-up he's been in over handicapped parking at George Sargeant Elementary School.

His Facebook page shows a video of himself getting into a heated confrontation with a woman over handicapped parking at the school.

Roseville police say, this time, they responded to the reports of vandalism, and Coleman ran.

"He made a bad choice, let's put it that way," said Waugh.

Coleman was been an active campaigner against mandatory vaccinations laws in California, saying that vaccines caused an illness hat have confined his son to a wheelchair.

He's now facing charges of vandalism, willful cruelty to a child, and obstructing a public official.

Fox40 spoke with Josh Coleman in preparation for this story. He told us his lawyer had advised him not to speak with anyone about what happened, and he declined to comment on the allegations against him.