NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch says an arrest has been made in connection with the slashing of tires on about 40 cars in Brooklyn on Sunday.
The NYPD said it does have a suspect in custody and charges are expected to be filed, 1010 WINS reported.
On Sunday morning, dozens of Brooklyn residents in the vicinity of Quentin Road to Avenue S and East 17th Street to Bedford Avenue woke up to their tires slashed.
“The community was up in arms. This all started Saturday evening into Sunday morning when people woke up and they had over 50 tires slashed,” Deutsch told 1010 WINS.
The councilman said the quick arrest in the case is an example of police and residents working together to solve a problem.
“This shows once again how a community will not tolerate crimes and vandalism,” Deutsch said. “This intolerable situation highlights the importance of people reporting every single crime and the value of police and community working together.”
Brooklyn City Councilman David Greenfield, who had offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who could provide information that leads to an arrest and conviction, said the area in which the crime occurred is a predominantly Jewish community.
“I’m certainly hoping that it’s not a bias crime, but at the same time I’m a little bit concerned,” the councilman said.
Greenfield also praised the NYPD for their quick work.
“This quick arrest proves once again that we truly have NYPD’s finest serving our neighborhoods and that goes a long way in calming the nerves of the community. The message is very clear: New York City has zero tolerance for these quality of life crimes,” he said.
Deutsch said the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force was involved in the investigation.
Police had released surveillance video of the suspect as he walked down the street puncturing tires.
“The video just shows somebody calmly walking down the street puncturing tire after tire after tire without regard to the community or the welfare of the people,” Greenfield said. “And I think that’s obviously very frustrating.”
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