Suspect arrested in Dover tire slashings

DOVER — A dark headlight prompted the arrest of a 24-year-old Felton man sought for multiple tire slashing incidents since last summer that caused approximately $17,000 in damage, Dover Police said Wednesday.

Anthony R. Williams was in a blue 2006 Toyota Corolla matching the description of a suspect’s vehicle, police said. The stop took place at approximately 6:53 p.m. in the area of West Division and North West streets, Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.An odor of marijuana was immediately detected by approaching officers, according to authorities, and a small amount of marijuana and a black pocket knife were found in the vehicle.

Anthony R. Williams

Questioning ensued after Mr. Williams was taken into custody police said. Authorities then determined he was allegedly responsible for 32 tire slashings, including five in July. In a probable cause affidavit, police said a three-inch Kershaw Pocket Knife was used in the incidents.

Charges included 32 counts of criminal mischief possession of marijuana, driving while suspended/revoked and miscellaneous traffic violations. Mr. Williams was released on his own recognizance and no bail was ordered police said.

Earlier, police reported a series of incidents reported since Jan. 19. The tire slashings occurred along the U.S. 13/U.S. 113 commercial business corridor, authorities said.

When announcing the search for a suspect earlier this week, police released surveillance video from an incident at a WAWA convenience store.

The footage showed a person exiting a blue-colored, four-door sedan with a silver rim/hubcap on rear passenger side and a dark-colored wheel/rim on the front passenger side, authorities said.

Two tires were slashed on the passenger side of a red sedan before the person fled, according to police.


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