Tire Slasher to Face Up to 15 Years

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    Philadelphia Police
    David Toledo was accused of slashing tires, including his own, in his Mayfair neighborhood.

    A jury has returned a mixed verdict against a victim-turned-suspect in a series of tire slashings that plagued a Philadelphia neighborhood.

    On Wednesday, former Mayfair resident David Toledo was convicted of 15 counts of false reports and possession of an instrument of crime and 12 counts of criminal mischief for slashing the tires of more than 50 cars near his one-time home.

    "Toledo held an entire neighborhood hostage with his criminal actions and the jury clearly saw that by convicting him," said District Attorney Seth Williams in a news relase.

    He could face up to 15 years in prison.

    The 46-year-old was acquitted on the remaining charges he faced -- an action that shows someone else committed many of the crimes, his attorney said.

    He will seek probation at the March 24 sentencing.

    Authorities say Toledo, a butcher, also slashed his own tires to seek media attention. He was convicted of damaging his own vehicle, as well as a weapons charge and criminal mischief.

    During the trial, Brennan suggested that a prosecution witness who carried a knife on neighborhood patrols was also a suspect.
     

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