Accused tire-slasher claims he was drunk, high

MARYSVILLE — A Marysville man accused of malicious mischief in a tire-slashing spree last December allegedly hit close to home.

His next door neighbor had her tires punctured, too, according to a police report used to establish probable cause for his arrest.

The suspect, 27, was booked into the Marysville Jail last week for investigation of 10 counts of malicious mischief, a gross misdemeanor.

As many as 160 cars had tires slashed during the night of Dec. 6 and early morning of Dec. 7, according to police department estimates.

An officer assigned to the police department’s Pro-Act Unit followed up on a lead provided by someone who wanted to remain anonymous. The tip came in early March and opened the door to additional information that led to the arrest, according to court records.

The initial witness told police that the man bragged that he and a friend were high and drunk when they decided to slash tires in the neighborhood in the 5700 block of 100th Street on Dec. 6.

The pair were stopped and questioned by police in front of the suspect’s home that night. The suspect indicated that they got away with it because they had come home to dry off on the rainy night and their clothes were not wet.

His companion that night was questioned in March. He denied involvement or witnessing any tires being slashed. In April, he was questioned again and acknowledged witnessing the suspect slash the neighbor’s tires.

Police initially approached the suspect March 6 and found him at a tire shop in Marysville.

He “immediately began to shake visibly” when a police officer told him that witnesses had come forward and implicated him in the tire slashings, court papers said. He denied the allegations.

The vandalism hit at a bad time, putting a crimp in holiday budgets. Money that was earmarked for Christmas presents was spent instead on new tires.

Police do not have a motive, Marysville Cmdr. Jeffrey Goldman said.

The suspect was convicted of burglary in 2006 in Snohomish County Superior Court. As part of a restitution agreement, he and a co-defendant were ordered to pay restitution. The suspect was sentenced to 10 days in jail in February for failing to make payments toward his court-ordered financial obligations.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Local police join thousands honoring slain Canadian officer

Abbotsford Const. John Davidson was killed Nov. 6 in a shootout with a suspected car thief.

Hard work is paying off for Mariner High senior

Mey Ly has excelled in school since moving here from Cambodia; she also serves as an intrepreter.

One arrested in Marysville in connection with robbery

The suspect was caught in the 5800 block of 60th Drive NE.

Darrington School Board race might come down to a coin flip

With a one-vote difference, a single ballot in Skagit County remains to be counted.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s best images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

No easy exit from Smokey Point shopping complex

There’s just no easy exit on this one. A reader called in… Continue reading

Lynnwood, Marysville, Sultan consider ban on safe injection sites

If approved, they would join Lake Stevens and Snohomish County, which have temporary bans.

City Council OKs initial funding for Smith Avenue parking lot

The site of the former Smith Street Mill is being developed in anticipation of light rail.

Single fingerprint on robbery note leads to arrest

The holdup occurred at a U.S. Bank branch in Lynnwood in June.

Most Read