Northeast Times

Oops…film role gets him busted as a 'slasher'

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Po­lice cap­tured one al­leged North­east Phil­adelphia tire slash­er on Monday, but they sus­pect that oth­ers are still on the loose.

Quincy Kramer, 21, of the 3300 block of Engle­wood St. in May­fair, is re­spons­ible for punc­tur­ing the tires of nine vehicles late last Thursday in the area of Cottman and Row­land av­en­ues, said Capt. Jack Mc­Gin­nis of North­east De­tect­ives. In­vest­ig­at­ors iden­ti­fied Kramer with the help of sur­veil­lance video that led to ci­vil­ian tips.

Of­ficers found Kramer on Monday at his home, where they also found a sweat jack­et match­ing the one that the sus­pect was seen in the video wear­ing, along with a knife he al­legedly used in the crimes.

Mc­Gin­nis de­clined to say if Kramer con­fessed his guilt. The sus­pect ac­ted on sheer im­pulse, de­tect­ives be­lieve.

“The motive was he just felt like do­ing something,” Mc­Gin­nis said.

Kramer was charged with crim­in­al mis­chief and pos­sess­ing an in­stru­ment of crime. Both of­fenses are mis­de­mean­ors.

“They’re mis­de­mean­or charges and for the crimes he com­mit­ted against the com­munity, (the charges) feel very in­ad­equate,” Mc­Gin­nis said at a news con­fer­ence on Tues­day.

Kramer re­mained in cus­tody Tues­day af­ter­noon in lieu of $45,000 bail. He is sched­uled for an April 26 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing.

Kramer has not been linked to dozens of oth­er tire slash­ing in­cid­ents that have plagued May­fair and oth­er North­east neigh­bor­hoods in re­cent weeks.

“We do not be­lieve he’s the lone tire slash­er in the North­east,” Mc­Gin­nis said. “I think we have sev­er­al copycats go­ing on at the same time.”

Mc­Gin­nis re­ferred to the latest con­firmed van­dal­ism case that oc­curred early Sunday on the 1200 block of McKin­ley St. in Ox­ford Circle. A wit­ness told po­lice shortly after 1:35 a.m. that she had seen an Asi­an wo­man punc­tur­ing tires of cars parked on the block. Tire dam­age was dis­covered on nine cars.

The sus­pect was de­scribed as 22 to 26 years old, 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 7 inches tall, 120 to 125 pounds and petite. She had long dark hair and wore a white sweat­shirt and sweat­pants.

The van­dal used a dif­fer­ent tech­nique than was used in tire slash­ing cases else­where, ac­cord­ing to the de­tect­ive cap­tain.

“We think there’s a do­mest­ic as­pect in­volved” in the McKin­ley Street in­cid­ent, Mc­Gin­nis said.

Re­ports of ad­di­tion­al punc­tured tires in May­fair early Tues­day were not con­firmed as van­dal­ism. Nails ap­peared to be the cul­prit, Mc­Gin­nis said.

Mean­while, de­tect­ives con­tin­ue to in­vest­ig­ate dozens of oth­er con­firmed van­dal­ism in­stances.

On March 18, as many as three cars were sim­il­arly van­dal­ized in the area of Er­drick Street and Prin­ceton Av­en­ue. On March 12, tires were punc­tured on at least five cars on the 4000 blocks of Aldine and Tees­dale streets.

On Feb. 22, tires were punc­tured on two cars on the 7300 block of Er­drick St. Three days earli­er, at least 18 cars were the vic­tims of sim­il­ar van­dal­ism on the 4000 blocks of Aldine and Tees­dale streets. On Feb. 13, tires were punc­tured on at least sev­en cars on the same block of Aldine Street.

Au­thor­it­ies are of­fer­ing a $7,500 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of the cul­prits. Call North­east De­tect­ives at 215-686-3153 to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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