More than a dozen tire slashings reported on Westminster Avenue in Roxbury
Boston Police are investigating a series of tire slashings on Westminster Avenue in Roxbury, according to a department spokeswoman.
Officer Neva Coakley said police responded to the area of 71 Westminster Ave. after a caller reported vandalized cars on the street about 9 a.m.
On arrival, officers spoke with a man who reported several motor vehicles, including his own, were vandalized while parked on the street between midnight and 8 a.m.
Officers checked the length of Westminster Avenue and located a dozen other vehicles with flattened tires.
One resident on the street said he discovered two tires on his car had been slashed when he tried to leave to run errands this morning.
Emmanuel Porter-Muhammad said didn’t notice the tires at first, but when he turned the car on, it indicated low tire pressure.
“When I tried to move, the car didn’t go anywhere,” he said.
He said he then got out and saw that both tires on the driver’s side had been slashed. He said he saw a few other neighbors were also out on the street inspecting their tires.
Porter-Muhammad noted that the vandalism seemed to be non-discriminatory.
“They attacked everyone -- white neighbors, black neighbors,” he said. “They got everyone -- some of the homeowners, some of the renters, they did SUVs, vans, minivans, cars, trucks. They didn’t discriminate who they targeted.”
Porter-Muhammad, who has lived on the street for 17 years, said it’s a quiet neighborhood of mostly homeowners and condo owners where everyone knows each other and that this sort of incident is “very rare.”
“I can imagine it could be someone who was just randomly drunk or some young child,” he said.
Coakley said police did not believe the vandalism was related to Red Sox post-parade celebrations.
No further information was immediately available.
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