By MATT SANDERSON
SILVER LAKE – New street lights have been installed and police have promised to be extra vigilant. But the Silver Lake tire slasher has continued to damage more vehicles. Now, some members of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council are considering issuing a reward to help catch the suspect or suspects.
The Silver Lake tire slasher struck again three times on Monday, Jan. 19, according to a council member. Residents on Crestmont, Golden Gate and and Maltman avenues have been dealing with the issue since last October. At least 100 tires had been punctured as of December, according to one news report.
Several vehicle tires will typically be slashed or punctured in one evening. An employee from AAA, which has come out several times to repair the damage, said it appears that an ice pick may have been used to punch a small hole.
On Wednesday night, the council’s executive committee discussed the possibility of requesting up to $2,500 be put up through City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s office. Public Safety Committee member Teresa Sitz said she’s reached out to O’Farrell’s office and LAPD’s Northeast Division about the matter, with the possibility of requesting a matching $2,500 from the city. It is unknown if the council member’s office has responded to the funding request.
In December, O’Farrell’s office unveiled the installation of new street lighting in the areas affected by the Silver Lake tire slasher, however, the crime has continued. LAPD has not reported an update to the investigation.
Matt Sanderson has been a journalist, photographer and digital media producer for nearly eight years. A native of Rhode Island, he received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire and moved to Los Angeles in 2012 through a job transfer with Patch.com/AOL.