Seattle man accused of ‘keying’ misparked cars



SEATTLE (AP) — A 63-year-old Washington man accused of scratching several vehicles with keys and leaving notes criticizing the drivers’ parking skills has been charged with second-degree malicious mischief.

King County prosecutors say in charging documents that notes left on the “keyed” vehicles at the Columbia Center in Seattle called the drivers “dweeb” and “idiot.” The targeted vehicles had been parked over the designated parking space lines.

Building security set up a “bait car” and surveillance camera, then turned the information over to police.

The Seattle Times reports that a Seattle lawyer, Ronald Clarke Mattson, was charged. According to The Times, Mattson’s attorney, Matthew Honeywell, said Wednesday in a statement that his client “has accepted full responsibility for his actions,” apologized to the victims and paid restitution. Mattson did not immediately return a Wednesday evening call to his office.

Damage was estimated at more than $6,000.


Information from: The Seattle Times,