WPD: Man admits to cutting cop car’s tires, says ‘he was angry’

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Submitted: Fri, 11/01/2013 - 1:09pm
Updated: Wed, 01/01/2014 - 5:26pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police arrested a man they say admitted to cutting the tires of a police car while it was parked in the apartment complex where the officer lived.

They say it happened just after 8:30 last night in the Quad Apartments on N. MacMillan Avenue at the edge of UNCW’s campus.

Police say when officers got to the scene, Eric Deleonle told them he cut the police car’s tires because he was angry, according to WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley. She says the officer who drives the car that was damaged lives in that complex.

Police say Deleonle is charged with property damage.


  • Guest2769 says:

    Okaaaay…… he’s a thug. And I will add stupid as well.

  • Smiddy says:

    Also, you don’t see his family on here saying…. “oh he’s a good person, he just made a mistake…” Learn somethin boy.

  • guest now says:

    I dont even have to.look at the mugshot to know that this ISNT A BLACK PERSON. i wonder if this.person was black would they be considered a thug…i just womder why white are never called thugs for anything they do even when they murder somebody they are ALWAYs mentally ill

  • guesty says:

    He is a criminal but his victim was car tires. He was caught and should have to pay restitution for the damage. Plenty of white criminals have been called thugs. Doesn’t matter what your race is, all races have thugs. Cutting tires doesn’t quite rise to the thug level, closer to punk. Now if he had committed armed robbery, a home invasion or some other violent crime, then thug would be fitting.

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    …human bean! Color isn’t a “thug” requirement, it’s the behavior just in case you be “wombering.why”. Have you been drinking already today or do you just have thick and clumsy fingers?

  • Guest1221 says:

    Cutting rubber tires hardly compares to shoving a gun in someone’s face and forceably robbing them of their property. There’s a difference between property damage vs. threatening a person’s life. Hence the distinction between a crime and a violent crime.

  • Neutral says:

    Why does everything have to be about race? The article didn’t indicate anything about race yet someone has to pop up and try to make the arrest racial. Stop the hate, and maybe this country can heal because almost 200 years of this is sad and it’s getting worse not better. It starts at the top and rolls down hill.

  • guesty says:

    So sport, how’d that work out for ya?

  • Guest-o-matic says:

    Nowadays…there’s a few on you wherever you go. Do something stoopid, someone will see it.

  • 1234543 says:

    Another good reason when an officer goes off duty they return their cars to a police parking lot and commute in their own personal vehicles, would cut down on government owned vehicles at least in half, and off duty officers wouldn’t be flying up and down the roads endangering the traveling public while they tried to get to work on time.

  • John Smith says:

    A thug is a person going around town shooting and doing home invasions etc… A punk is someone who goes around doing stuff like slashing a police officers tires and then standing around to tell on himself.

    Learn the difference and by the way-society is tired of hearing the race card being played.

  • guest555 says:

    exactly nobody comment on this and call him names,he di it because he was angry??ok next time its gone be a person,he do something to because he is mad,so a white jack… he is

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