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Mesa Police arrest 1 in tire slashings

PHOENIX — Mesa Police detained two men early Wednesday morning after a witness said she saw them slashing her tires.

A police spokesman said a woman who lived near U.S. 60 and Alma School Road called to report seeing a man cutting her car’s tires around 4:30 a.m. Police arrived and caught the men after a brief chase.

There were 17 tire slashings overnight in the area.

One of the suspects, 22-year-old Nicholas James Rourke, admitted to slashing the tires while intoxicated because he was upset about losing money. A bloody knife was found and Rourke said he cut his hand on it.

Rourke was charged with 17 counts of criminal damage.

The other man, an unidentified 30-year-old white male, was released pending further investigation.