A late night tire-slashing in Georgetown was caught on camera. Now, D.C. Police have a new lead in their investigation.
The video – only seen on News Channel 8 – was provided by a viewer in a news tip.
According to MPD, a driver parked his Nissan Pathfinder on the 2500 block of M Street, N.W. around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. When he went to pick up his SUV the next day, he found all four of his tires had been slashed.
It is unclear why this happened or whether the driver of the Pathfinder was targeted, but police are now getting a good look at who did this thanks to this newly surfaced surveillance video.
It appears the video was captured by nearby cameras mounted outside the Embassy of Qatar, adjacent to this stretch of M Street. The source who provided the video said this happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning, July 21.
It is unknown if the suspects or victim have any connection to the Qatari Embassy. An attorney for the embassy, Dean Dilley, said he was unaware of the incident.
The video shows a group – three men and one woman – slowly crossing M Street, even as a car comes speeding toward them. They approach a red pickup truck, where another man is waiting for them in the passenger seat.
In the video, two of the men walk toward the grey Nissan Pathfinder, parked in front of the pickup truck. One drops down by the Pathfinder's driver's side, next to the front tire and then the back tire. Seeing what he is doing, one of his friends scrambles to get inside the rear cab of the pickup.
Meanwhile, on the passenger side of the Patherfinder, another man drops down next to the right front tire.
Later, more video shows one of the men returning to the SUV, appearing to slash the fourth and final tire. He walks away, but then decides to jog back and make sure he finished the job.
Georgetown bars and restaurants are just a couple blocks away. But even after a few drinks or even a fight, many Georgetown residents and workers said they don't know why anyone would do this.
Arlington resident Forest Plourde-Cole said, “I would say that Georgetown and Foggy Bottom are two of the nicest areas in D.C. I've never heard of anything like that happening before.”
Until now, M.P.D. spokesperson Gwen Crump said the detectives investigating this case were not aware of the video.
She said this is an open investigation and there may be a reward for any information leading to an arrest. She said anyone who recognizes the suspects or suspect vehicle should call 202-727-9099.
Our source said, after closely studying the video, it appears the suspects are Caucasian, in their mid-twenties, driving in a red Dodge pickup truck – possibly a Dodge Ram Daytona. The truck appeared to have Virginia plates.