Kyle Police arrest suspect related to tire slashings

Staff Report

KYLE – The Kyle Police Department recently arrested 35-year-old Russell Kershaw in connection with the tire slashings that took place in the Woodlands and Cool Springs neighborhoods.

Dispatch received the first call from Evening Star at 3:48 a.m. on Monday, May 16. Officers were dispatched to the address and while checking the neighborhood, they found more vehicles with tires slashed on multiple streets.

Officers made contact with the vehicle owners and took a total of 31 reports for related incidents spread throughout the Woodlands and Cool Springs neighborhoods. Later that night, at approximately 11:45 p.m., a resident on Silver Springs Bend observed a man acting suspiciously and called 911.

Officers responding to the call found Kershaw in the process of slashing more tires. Police found an additional 16 tires had been slashed in the Cool Springs neighborhood during the night. Police took Kershaw into custody for the 16 tires he had been found in the process of slashing and found the knife they believe was used in the incidents.

After reviewing video evidence, police added the 31 incidents from earlier to his charges. Kershaw was booked into the Hays County Jail on two charges of Felony Criminal Mischief, a State Jail Felony.

Residents that have information concerning this or other related crimes are encouraged to contact the Kyle Police Department at 512-268-3232.

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