Seattle police arrested a 36-year-old man early Friday whom they suspected of slashing tires and brake lines on dozens of vehicles in and around Seattle – and are now searching for other cases that might not have been previously reported.
Officers arrested the man overnight in Rainier Valley, near the intersection of South Rose Street and Wabash Avenue South, Seattle police spokesperson Officer Valerie Carson said Friday afternoon. He could be responsible for damaging vehicles, mostly in the Rainier Beach area, over the past three months, police said.
The man was booked into the South Correctional Entity (SCORE) in Des Moines on investigation of a Department of Corrections felony warrant violation, police said.
Seattle detectives are working with other law enforcement agencies in King County, including the Des Moines Police Department, that have been investigating a string of slashed brake lines and tires in their cities, Carson said.
In Des Moines, police said a few weeks ago that they were searching for a man who they believed had slashed brake lines on at least 18 parked cars, The Associated Press reported.
“We’re trying to see if this is the same guy that’s been doing this in the other cities,” Carson said.
Seattle police are asking anyone who has seen recent damage to their vehicles – and didn’t previously report it – to email SPDGIU@seattle.gov.
No further information was immediately available.