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Man Arrested Following Tire Slashing Spree

By Javier Panzar
Daily Cal Staff Writer
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Category: News > City > Crime

A Denver man was arrested and charged with felony vandalism and possession of deadly weapon after he allegedly slashed the tires of six cars parked along Durant Avenue early Friday morning.

William Patrick Terney, 41, was arrested by Berkeley police at the intersection of Telegraph and Durant avenues around 4 a.m. Police found a steak knife, a pocket knife and a set of brass knuckles in Terney's pockets, according to Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.

"Generally vandalism like the slashing of tires is involved in domestic violence, partner disputes, neighbor disputes - a way to get some sort of revenge or retribution against a particular person," Kusmiss said. "The report doesn't indicate that (Terney) knew the owners of any of the cars. That's not all that common."

The incident began when a resident of the 2400 block of Durant Ave. was awoken by noises outside his home, Kusmiss said. The resident walked outside to find Terney wearing a "multi-colored stocking cap" and carrying a large black garbage bag.

After the resident asked Terney what he was doing, Terney brandished a knife and proceeded to stab the tires of three nearby cars. The resident phoned police at 3:41 a.m. as Terney headed east on Durant.

Kusmiss said according to a police report, Terney walked across the street toward Kip's Restaurant and then crossed again before sitting down at an AC Transit bus stop on Telegraph and Durant, where police later detained him.

After the resident positively identified Terney as the man who slashed the tires of the three cars, police discovered three additional cars with slashed tires, she said. In total, Terney allegedly slashed and deflated 24 tires.

"The value of 24 tires makes the vandalism crime a felony," Kusmiss said. "Under $400 is a misdemeanor, above $400 it becomes a felony."

Terney is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $70,000 bail. He will be arraigned Monday at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

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