Neighborhood Activist Busted for Mayfair Tire Slashings

Outspoken neighbor who claimed he was a victim of vandalism is arrested for slashing tires

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    Philadelphia police arrested a man they say is the Mayfair tire slasher. David Toledo previously went on television, claiming to be a victim. Police believe he's behind the vandalism. *Note* Toledo was arrested on Wednesday, not Tuesday.

    One of the most outspoken people in the Mayfair neighborhood where dozens of cars have been vandalized was arrested Wednesday for tire slashings.

    David Toledo, a neighborhood activist, was busted in relation to the slashings, Northeast Detectives Captain John McGinnis told NBC10.

    Alleged Tire Slasher Arrested

    [PHI] Alleged Tire Slasher Arrested
    Philadelphia police arrested a man they say is the Mayfair tire slasher. David Toledo previously went on television, claiming to be a victim. Police believe he's behind the vandalism. *Note* Toledo was arrested on Wednesday, not Tuesday.

    The arrest was officially announced at a 6 p.m. press conference. During the conference, police announced Toledo was arrested around 3 p.m. and charged with two counts of felony mischief, 47 counts of criminal mischief, false reports and other related offenses.

    Police say they questioned Toledo extensively on April 16, the same day the most recent vandalism was reported on Aldine and Teesdale Streets as a dozen or so more cars were targeted.

    Alleged Tire Slasher's Mom: He Was Set Up!

    [PHI] Alleged Tire Slasher's Mom: He Was Set Up!
    Dave Toledo, an outspoken neighbor who claimed to be a victim of Mayfair's tire slashings was arrested Wednesday. Detectives say Toledo was was busted in relation to the slashings. NBC10's Monique Braxton spoke to Toledo's mother about his arrest.

    Toledo has spoken to NBC10 several times since coverage of tire slashings in the area of the 4000 block of Aldine Street and surrounding roads began to surface in February. The vandalism dates back even further than that, according to neighbors.

    "I hope the cops get them before the neighbors find out who it is because something bad is going to happen," said Toledo after some cars were vandalized in mid-March. "My wife said 'somebody is watching us watching the cops' because when they're here nothing happens."

    Tire Slashings Happen Once Again in Mayfair

    [PHI] Tire Slashings Happen Once Again in Mayfair
    Police say 12 vehicles had their tires slashed in the Mayfair section of the city early Monday morning. Tire slashing have been occurring throughout Philadelphia since October 2011. NBC10's Byron Scott talks to angry residents who suffered from the recent slashings.

    Now police say that it was Toledo who was causing sleepless nights for neighbors concerned that their cars would be vandalized while the slept. A town watch was formed and police even offered a big reward for an arrest in the case.

    All along Toledo, who lives on Aldine Street, was there speaking out against the vandalism. 

    Mayfair Neighbors Try to Stop Tire Slashers

    [PHI] Mayfair Neighborhood Fights Back Against Tire Slashers
    Some sleepless nights for residents in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia as they take turns keeping a watchful eye on parked cars along Aldine and nearby streets. NBC10's Marisa Brahney has the latest Wednesday morning.

    "This will be the last time that you're going to get my car because you will get caught," Toledo told NBC10 after just his tires were slashed on March 20. "The $10,000 reward, I don't want the money, all I want is their hands so I can smash them so they can never do it again."

    It's unclear if Toledo is responsible for all the area vandalism but police do believe he at least committed some of the tire slashings on Teesdale, Aldine and Erdrick Streets, McGinnis said.

    NBC10 also spoke exclusively with Toledo's mother who reacted strongly to her son's arrest.

    "I think he's being set up," she said. "He doesn't go around slashing tires. He's got better things to do in life -- he's got a life!" 

    The local town watch program Toledo claimed to be a part of held a meeting at 7 p.m. at Frankford and Aldine. In spite of Toledo's claims, the town watch says he was never a member of their organization.

    Philadelphia Police urged neighbors who feel betrayed by Toledo to not take matters into their own hands.

    “Let the justice system take care of Mr. Toledo,” said Captain Frank Bachmayer. “We don’t want any type of retaliation.”


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