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UPDATE: Second Arrest Made in Tire Slashing Spree

By: Rahel Solomon, Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Rahel Solomon, Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 9/10/13 @ 3:55 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A second person has been arrested in connection with a rash of tires that were slashed in South Charleston.

Charleston Police arrested Jocelyn Melin Monday evening.

David Williams was also arrested Monday.

Police say Williams slashed more than 30 tires from Kentucky to Ohio Street over the weekend.

They say Melin was involved in cutting a couple of tires.

According to the criminal complaint, the damage added up to more than $2,500 total.

Melin is charged with misdemeanor destruction of property.

Williams faces a felony destruction of property charge and also faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

He told WSAZ cameras on Monday that he did it because he was on mushrooms at the time.

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UPDATE 9/9/13 @ 11:15 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A rash of car vandalism may be coming to an end for neighbors in South Charleston.

On Monday, police arrested David Williams. Officers tell WSAZ.com that Williams is responsible for the vandalism of 33 cars Saturday.

Williams told WSAZ.com he was on drugs at the time of the incident.

“I was on a psychedelic drug known as mushrooms,” Williams said.

The vandalism happened near Ohio Street not far from Chris Kennedy’s home.

“Two of my vehicles were hit, three tires and then my father’s car,” Kennedy said, “They hit every car up the street.”

According to the criminal complaint, the damage added up to more than $2,500 total.

“I was pretty furious about the whole scenario.You don't wake up in the morning and expect to see all your tires flattened," Kennedy said.

Kennedy said he and neighbors are relieved about Monday’s arrest.

“It's definitely a sense of relief,” Kennedy said. ”Get the delinquents out of the neighborhood.”

Williams faces a felony destruction of property charge and also faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.

South Charleston Police officers tell WSAZ.com they do not believe Williams acted alone and expect more arrests.



UPDATE 9/9/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- South Charleston Police have made an arrest in connection with a series of tire slashings.

Police tell WSAZ.com, they have charged David Williams with felony destruction of property.

Over the past week, the tires on nearly 70 cars have been cut. The vandalism took place on Glendale Avenue, King Street, Kentucky Street and Ohio Street.

Williams told our cameras during his arrest, he did it because he was on mushrooms.

Police say more arrests are expected in the case.

Williams is being taken to Kanawha County Magistrate Court right now.

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UPDATE 9/9/13 @ 2 p.m.
SOUTH CARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Over the past week nearly 70 vehicles had their tires slashed in the city of South Charleston.

Police say Saturday morning 33 cars were vandalized on Kentucky and Ohio Streets.

Last Thursday, the tires on 37 different cars were slashed in the middle of the night along Glendale Avenue and King Street.

Investigators say they aren't sure if the two incidents are related.

Police say they are now increasing patrols across the city. Investigators say if you are walking around after dark, be prepared to be questioned.

"We're doing our patrols in the evenings, night time. If we see anyone, we're doing our FI, field integration on them, seeing where they're from, what they're doing in that area," Robert Houck, with the South Charleston Police Department said. "You know, what they're out and about doing. A little bit more maybe than we would, would normally."

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ORIGINAL STORY
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- People in a South Charleston neighborhood had quite the surprise Thursday morning when they went outside to go to work.

South Charleston Police say the tires on at least 25 different cars were slashed in the middle of the night along Glendale Avenue and King Street.

Neighbors say vandals slashed the tires with what they believe to be an ice pick and all they want is the people who did this to be held accountable.

"The girl across the street said hers were flat. Then she told me that mine were flat. Then she told me that everyone's on the block were flat," Charles Burgess said.

No word yet on any charges in the case.


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