Former drug addict comes clean with assemblyman

February 17, 2012 7:47:45 PM PST
San Mateo Assm. Jerry Hill met Friday with the man who tried to rob him over 10 years ago.

The face-to-face meeting marked the first time the two had met since the attempted burglary in 2001.

Mark Harvin was high on meth when he broke into the assemblyman's garage in 2001. Hill was able to subdue the 18-year-old at the time.

A decade later, Harvin made a request to meet with Hill as part of his rehabilitation. "A big part of being able to stay -- living a good life is to clean up wreckage of the past," Harvin said.

Hill tried to reach out to Harvin after the confrontation, but his offer was rejected. Harvin eventually sought help on his own from Project Ninety, a treatment center long supported by the assemblyman.

"If today proves anything, it is that anyone with substance abuse problems can overcome their disease if they have the courage to overcome their demons," Hill said.

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