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Attorney Bill Brennan speaks to NBC10's Doug Shimell about his client and tire slashing suspect David Toledo. Brennan says death threats have forced Toledo's family into hiding.
"It's somebody that I believe is on this block, absolutely."
Those were the words of David Toledo after cars in his Mayfair neighborhood were vandalized by a tire slasher.
On Thursday Toledo, the outspoken neighbor who was facing serious charges for allegedly slashing those tires.
He was arrested Wednesday night and charged with vandalizing dozens of cars on his own block and in the area surrounding his home.
On Thursday, Philadelphia Police released the arrest photo of the accused tire slasher.
Toledo, 44, was arraigned Thursday on 49 counts of criminal mischief, seven counts of possessing an instrument of crime and five counts of making false reports, prosecutor's said.
Bail was set for Toledo, who was represented by a public defender at his arraignment, at $270,000, according to prosecutors.
He is due back in court May 3.
NBC10 cameras caught a quick glance of Toledo Thursday morning as he was transferred after spending the night in jail at Northeast Detectives.
It wasn't the first time Toledo was on camera. He has spoken to NBC10 several times since coverage of tire slashings in the area of the 4000 block of Aldine Street -- where Toledo lives -- and surrounding roads began in February.
"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."
Toledo is now accused of 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 was there speaking out against the vandalism.
"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."
The arrest of a neighbor angered many in Mayfair as police urged no one to take justice 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.”
"I understand that tensions are very high in the neighborhood," said Toledo's attorney William Brennan. "I would simply urge everyone that in all criminal matters, Mr. Toledo is presumed innocent until proven guilty."
NBC10 is working to find out if Toledo will be able to get out of custody on bail. If that does happen we have multiple crews ready.
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