Wow. After weeks of seeing news story after news story about the tire slasher in Mayfair, the story might be coming to a close. And, like the rash of slashings, which, like most acts of vandalism baffled me, the suspect was surprising. At least to those of us following via the news. A member of the neighborhood, and a man who appeared to be one of the victims, was arrested and is being charged as the tire slasher.
After many tire slashings and thousands of dollars shelled out for repairs, the neighbors are understandably ticked off. I sure would be. This sort of crime is senseless enough in a good economy, but now? Crikey. Anyway, the neighbors are upset and, of course, would like some sort of compensation for the money they’ve had to shell out and the time and hassle they’ve endured. (How many folks in the City of Brotherly Love(?) can afford to have our transportation out of service these days?) One woman in the neighborhood, however, worries now about cooler heads prevailing. She worries about people going after the suspect if he’s released on bail or in some other way taking matters into their own hands to get revenge. Even though she’s upset about the vandalism, that’s what she’s worrying about. And, given the climate in Philadelphia recently — the city seems to be in one of its more violent cycles — this seems like a reasonable concern, especially with the myriad of other stresses people are facing now (e.g. job security, school and church closings, etc.).
So, I hope her concerns are heard and her neighbors heed think twice before acting out…toward the suspect or in any other way. Clearly, something is not right with a guy who slashes his neighbors’, and his own (!), tires. I hope the folks in Mayfair take the high road. It’s a perfect time to set an example for others in the city, no?