2012-05-03 / Local & State

Suspect Arrested In Philly Tire Slashings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A man who told reporters that he was among the victims of a northeastern Philadelphia tire slasher was charged Wednesday with having vandalized dozens of the vehicles himself.

Philadelphia police on Wednesday evening announced the arrest of David Toledo, 44, a resident of the Mayfair section of the city in which most of the scores of vehicles have been vandalized since October.

Capt. John McGinnis of the Northeast Detective Division said Toledo was being charged with two felony counts of criminal mischief, 47 misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, seven counts of possession of the instrument of crime and five counts of false reporting.

Authorities said Toledo had been a suspect for some time, although not the only one. McGinnis said he has “a past history of these events happening in his life” before moving to the neighborhood but declined to give specifics.

Toledo had told newspaper and television reporters that he had been victimized multiple times by the person responsible for the slashings. The Philadelphia Daily News reported him saying that he didn't know where to put his car because the street he lived on wasn't safe to park on. He told WCAU-TV that he didn't want a $10,000 reward posted in the case but “all I want is their hands so I can smash them so they can never do it again.”

Capt. Francis Bachmayer said that contrary to some reports, Toledo was never a member of an official town watch for the neighborhood, although he had joined a block watch set up for his street.

He also pleaded with angry Mayfair residents, some of whom were victimized two or three times by the tire slasher, to “let the justice system” handle the case.

Toledo's wife, Yvonne, told KYW-TV that she stood by her husband and has never known him to do anything like what he is accused of having done.

McGinnis said last month that the perpetrator has “basically terrorized” the area, costing residents thousands of dollars.

Toledo remained in custody; a listed number for him could not be found Wednesday and it was unclear whether he had an attorney.

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