David Toledo, the victim turned suspect in the Mayfair tire slashing spree, remained behind bars Thursday morning as his lawyer tried unsuccessfully to get his client's bail lowered.
Toledo's lawyer, William Brennan, was however able to get all the charges against Toledo lowered to misdemeanors due to the monetary value of each incident.
Toledo, 44, is accused of vandalizing dozens of cars on his own block and in the area surrounding his home. Toledo is facing 49 counts of criminal mischief and five counts of making false police reports.
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His bail was set at $270,000 and he has remained behind bars unable to post the money needed.
Toledo's attorney told reporters outside court Thursday morning that his client didn't commit the crimes and that he should soon be able to post bail.
"He's presumed innocent... we haven't seen one piece of discovery yet and it wouldn't be the first time the wrong guy was arrested," Brennan said. "In fact -- if my understanding is correct -- on the day that he was arrested and incarcerated six or eight cars got hit in Feltonville. That begs the question, 'did Dave Toledo do anything and if so did he do 47 of them.'"
Toledo's trial is set to begin on July 12.
Toledo spoke to NBC10 several times after coverage of tire slashings in the area of the 4000 block of Aldine Street -- where he lives -- and surrounding roads began to surface 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."
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