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Man Arrested For Slashing Police Car Tires During Marijuana Drug Bust

A Springfield man is facing criminal charges after police say they saw him slash tires of three undercover cars in the High Street area Wednesday night. 

Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh said narcotics detectives were working on an investigation in the High Street and School Street area when they allegedly saw a man slashing tires of three unmarked police cars around 7:20 p.m. 

A police department camera captured the entire incident, showing a suspect quickly slashing the tires with an object and running away after. Detectives later identified the suspect as 28-year-old Wilfredo Garcia of Bell Street.

When detectives found the damage, they were able to track him down through the department’s Real-Time Analysis Center, which caught the vandalism on camera, he said.

When officers searched the area and located Garcia, he allegedly took off, jumped a fence and climbed to a roof of a building located at 60 School Street. Detectives were able to talk him down and arrest him. 

Garcia is currently facing charges including three counts of malicious damage to a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, and trespassing. He was arrested this past Sunday on High Street for breaking and entering, and malicious destruction of property charges in a domestic disturbance. Prior to that, he was arrested in June on disorderly conduct, and threat to commit a crime charges. 

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