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Fredericksburg man charged in tire slashing


A Fredericksburg man was jailed on a felony charge Monday after he was caught slashing the car tire of someone he didn’t know, police said.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said officers went to Dunning Mills Inn about 9 p.m. after a clerk reported a loud disturbance in the parking lot. When police arrived, they found a man in the process of changing his tire.

The man, who is staying at the inn, told police that he came outside earlier after his girlfriend saw someone slashing his car tire. The man said he confronted the suspect, who responded by swinging at him with the knife before running back into his room, police said.

Police went to the room and took the man into custody while confiscating three large fixed-blade knives. Michael Earl Butler, 38, was charged with destruction of property and attempted malicious wounding. The latter charge is a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The victim told police he had never met or had any dealings with Butler and had no idea why he would damage his property.

Butler was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.