July 8, 2015 |
The nails and screws were dumped Monday from a black trash bag onto a courtroom table, and David Toledo lowered his face into his hands. They were the weapons, prosecutors said, that Toledo used to vandalize his Mayfair neighbors' cars again and again - even while on probation for an identical crime spree. Facing Common Pleas Court Judge Edward C. Wright for the second time in 14 months, Toledo cried. He apologized. Then, he asked to speak once more. "Please don't send me to prison," Toledo said to the judge.
February 5, 2014 |
DAVID TOLEDO, the man on trial for allegedly slashing the car tires of nearly 50 of his neighbors in 2012, did it because he wanted attention and fame, a prosecutor said yesterday. "While this defendant was seeking a thrill, these people were being terrorized just so he could have his 15 minutes of fame," Assistant District Attorney Tracie Gaydos told the jury in her closing argument. Toledo, 46, portrayed himself as a community activist trying to catch the vandal before police arrested him in the crimes.
September 4, 2012
Months after Mayfair residents were plagued by slashed tires, two more Northeast Philadelphia neighborhoods have been victimized by a similar outbreak. Philadelphia police are investigating vandalization of almost a dozen cars Saturday night in Port Richmond and six more vehicles Sunday night in the area of Rosalie and Bingham Streets in Lawncrest. Police have not said if the latest tire slashings are related and no arrests have been made. In the previous outbreak, Mayfair residents were stunned in April when one of their neighbors, David Toledo, 44, was charged with vandalizing 55 tires.
April 28, 2012
Days after a Holmesburg man was charged with slashing the tires on more than 50 parked cars, police were searching Friday for someone who slashed tires on four cars in Feltonville. Police said the vandal caused about $1,200 in damage to the cars, parked on Gransback Street near Rockland Street. It was unclear when the vandalism occurred, though police were on the scene about 7 a.m. David Toledo, 44, was arrested Wednesday on charges of criminal mischief, submitting false reports to police, and possession of an instrument of crime.
April 25, 2012 |
A member of a block watch group set up after tires on dozens of cars were slashed in Northeast Philadelphia was arrested this afternoon for allegedly being the vandal who plagued the neighborhood. About 3 p.m. police arrested David Toledo, who lives on Aldine Street and had complained to the Daily News last month that he didn't know where to park because the street he lived on wasn't safe to park on. Toledo said his wife's tires were slashed on March 12 and his were slashed on March 20. He had also talked with several other media outlets about being terrorized by the slasher, even telling 6 ABC in March that he had been victimized 11 times.
February 7, 2014 |
DAVID TOLEDO, the man who came to be known as the "Mayfair Tire Slasher," fought back tears yesterday as a jury foreman said 15 times that he was "guilty. " Toledo, 46, who was accused of slashing 49 of his neighbors' car tires between January and April 2012, faces the possibility of 7 1/2 to 15 years in state prison. He's scheduled to be sentenced March 24, but until then Common Pleas Judge Edward C. Wright allowed him to remain free on bail, over the objections of prosecutors, who argued that he had three prior DUI convictions.
February 20, 2012 |
Two Sundays ago, David Toledo of Holmesburg woke to find four tires slashed on his shiny 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Toledo, 44, a butcher, had to shell out $800 for new tires. He sold the Jeep three days later for a less flashy target, a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt. On Sunday, just a week later, the front passenger-side tire on his wife's 1994 Chevrolet Baretta was slashed. So were about many other tires on his block - the second time in seven days that vehicles were vandalized on the 4000 block of Aldine Street.
January 30, 2015 |
David Toledo, dubbed the "Mayfair tire slasher," waived his preliminary hearing Thursday on allegations that he tried to puncture the tire of a SEPTA employee's car in Oxford Circle last year. Toledo, 47, dressed in a maroon sweatshirt and gray sweatpants, who is in custody, was held for trial on misdemeanor charges of possession of an instrument of crime and attempted criminal mischief by Municipal Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde. Toledo is accused of putting a sticky mousetrap with nails attached to it under the tire of a private car belonging to a SEPTA employee, parked on Creston Street near Oakland, at about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 19. The employee was sitting in his car at the time.
April 26, 2012 |
The man who told reporters he felt "like butchering" the vandal who slashed tires in his Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood was charged this morning in the crime. David Toledo, 44, of Holmesburg, was arraigned on 49 counts of criminal mischief, seven counts of possession of an instrument of crime, and five counts of submitting false reports. Toledo, who police said slashed the tires on his own Jeep Cherokee to mislead investigators, had been among the most vocal in speaking out against the vandalism.