SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Some 70 South Charleston residents have reported slashed tires in recent days and police had a suspect in custody Monday evening.
South Charleston officers were met Sunday morning with 33 reports from the Spring Hill area. Three days earlier, 37 people reported slashed tires across town.
"It's just a random tire slashing," Assistant Police Chief Bob Houck said. "Last week it was in the east hills part of town and this week it's in the west end."
Police believe the damage reported Thursday morning occurred Wednesday night, and that Sunday's damage likely occurred Saturday night. Houck said a few more vandalisms were reported later in the day Sunday after more residents noticed the damage.
David Williams, 20, of Third Avenue, was arrested Monday afternoon in connection to the slashings, Patrolman J.K. Halstead said. He was charged with felony destruction of property.
The weekend incidents occurred in the area of Kentucky and Ohio streets near Bridgeview Elementary and the Dunbar Toll Bridge. The incidents reported Thursday occurred in the area of Glendale Ave and King Street.
Detectives reviewed surveillance video from a Spring Hill physician's office where vandals slashed tires in the parking lot. Each vehicle had one to two tires slashed.
Halstead wrote in the criminal complaint filed against Williams that Cpl. J.F. Amburgey had spoken to Williams in the 5100 block of Ohio Street at about 3:25 a.m. Sunday.