Ohio father offers to pay for slashed tires


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The father of an Ohio man accused of slashing tires on at least five vehicles left notes for the owners offering to pay for the vandalism and says people have responded by being "extraordinarily kind."

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/waiPJs ) the tires were slashed Tuesday night at a Columbus apartment complex. The handwritten notes left on windshields explained that the son had been suffering depression, received upsetting news and drank alcohol on top of medication before damaging the vehicles.

The father tells the newspaper his 23-year-old son is a kind college graduate with a good job. The Dispatch did not report their names.

"We tried to take care of it the right way, and people have been extraordinarily kind," the father said. "I think it has touched people's lives. It has touched me."

Ohio State University graduate student Jamie Jackel says her car had two slashed tires along with a note that convinced her the world isn't such a bad place.

"I'm sure that doesn't happen often with this kind of vandalism," she said. "It was a really nice gesture."

The father says the son ultimately would pay for the vandalism, but that he wanted to support him and quickly repay the victims.

Columbus police officer Pat Barr took Jackel's report and said taking such immediate responsibility is rare.

"I can only remember one other time in my 31 years as an officer, and that was on a homicide," he said. "It gives me hope."


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com