Dayton tire slashing target law enforcement officers

Reported by: Terri Hendry
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Updated: 11/06/2013 8:30 pm
DAYTON, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Lyon County investigators are looking into two seperate reports of multiple tire slashings.   The most recent happened Tuesday night in the Riverpark area of Dayton and investigators say vandals appear to have specifically targeted the homes of law enforcement officers.  Eight patrol cars from three different agencies had tires punctured.  Agencies reporting damage include the Nevada Highway Patrol, Lyon County Sheriff's Office and Tribal Police.  The personal vehicles of the officers involved were also targeted.

Lt. Carl Johnson, with the Nevada Highway Patrol said, "its the invoncenience of it all. You feel violated. You're out in this job to protect the public and do what you can and put yourself in harm's way and something like this happens.  It's just hard to believe, hard to understand why something like this would happen."

All four tires on Lt. Johnson's patrol vehicle were punctured.  While one tire was completely flat, he did not realize the other tires had been damaged until a mechanic looked over the vehicle.   Johnson said, "If I had been driving at a fast speed on those tires, it could have caused a blow out and potentially a serious crash."  He said, "You're scared even as a law enforcement officer.  You feel nervous for your family and neighbors." 

On Monday night there was another report of a series of tire slashings in a Dayton Village neighborhood.  Around two dozen vehicles, all belonging to residents received damage.  Resident Stephen Merrow said, "I come from L.A. and I came up here to get away from all of that."  He added, "It  never happened to me down there.  Why would it happen here?"   

Secret Witness is offering a reward for information at 322-4900.  You can remain anonymous.
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