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Arrest in tire slashing hate case

Montgomery County police charged a 52-year-old man with slashing his neighbor's tires, and are investigating him in connection with a series of hate-based tire slashings going back four years in the Wheaton area.

"It appears that he doesn't like people of Hispanic origin," said Cpl. Dan Friz, a police spokesman.

Detectives have identified 22 victims, 21 of them Hispanic, Friz said.


Armstrong. (Montgomery Police)

Early on Aug. 23, the suspect -- Steven Ray Armstrong -- was spotted slashing tires along the 11000 block of Burnley Terrace, police said. Detectives searched his nearby residence, and found evidence related to vandalism cases, police said.

Armstrong was arrested Wednesday evening. He was charged with one count of malicious destruction of property under $500 and one count of race/religious harassment of a person, according to police. He was released from custody today after posting a $3,500 bond, police said. Court records do not indicate if he has hired an attorney.

Officers are trying to identify additional victims, and said more charges are anticipated. Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Officer Sharif Hidayat at 240-773-5500.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  | October 7, 2010; 4:03 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Look at that picture. I'll give 4 to 1 he's a Tea Partier.

Posted by: Bethesdan | October 7, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Look at that picture. I'll give 4 to 1 he's a Tea Partier.

Posted by: Bethesdan | October 7, 2010 7:08 PM

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NO way Jose, he looks like a democrat food stamper to me. 4 to 1 sounds about right for the drubbing the republicans are going to give to the dimwads on November 2nd.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | October 7, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Look at that picture. I'll give 4 to 1 he's a Tea Partier.

Posted by: Bethesdan | October 7, 2010 7:08 PM

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NO way Jose, he looks like a democrat food stamper to me. 4 to 1 sounds about right for the drubbing the republicans are going to give to the dimwads on November 2nd.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | October 7, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

coolchilly: press the hate button once only, please, speaking of dimwads...

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | October 7, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh he is definitely a tea partier! Irrational, illogical, and mad as hell for the wrong reasons.

Posted by: allie7 | October 7, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh No! He's definitely a grifter liberal. He got frustrated waiting for his overpaid civil service toilet cleaning job to start at the new ObamaCare health department.

Posted by: tulsa_dave | October 7, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Not so sure about the hate crime angle, sounds like he just has a thing for slashing tires.

Been to Wheaton lately? It's conceivable that out of any 22 cars 21 would be owned by a Hispanic.

Posted by: BEEPEE | October 8, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Good. Those thieving illegals in Wheaton. Only whites get charged with race crimes these days.

Posted by: rollmonte | October 8, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

He looks like your typical White, tea party, red neck!

Posted by: bobby20 | October 8, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Typical

Posted by: dc4life | October 8, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Anonymously slashing tires is a b!tch move. He needs to pay restitution to everyone whose tires he slashed.

Posted by: GP04 | October 8, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Not so sure about the hate crime angle, sounds like he just has a thing for slashing tires.

Been to Wheaton lately? It's conceivable that out of any 22 cars 21 would be owned by a Hispanic.

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No doubt, he's a teabagger.

He was specifically targeting cars at the homes of those who are Hispanic. He'd skip the house if it was a white person. You can read a better article on this in the local Gazette newspaper.

http://www.gazette.net/stories/10062010/wheanew201926_32535.php

Posted by: B-rod | October 8, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

There should not be any hate crimes laws. They are a bunch of stuff.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | October 8, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

There should not be any hate crimes laws. They are a bunch of stuff.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | October 8, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Wheaton is essentially Little San Salvador, except far, far less cosmopolitan. I'd much rather live in San Salvador, frankly.

I lived in Wheaton. Between 2000 - 2010, our street went from ~25% latino to ~85% latino. Many more poor and hardscrabble-type latinos, too, incl. more than a few gang members. Middle-class residents of all backgrounds (white, Asian, black, hispanic) have been fleeing in droves.

This guy should have moved to Frederick Co. or out of state before he lost his freaking mind. Wheaton is no haven for pinche whiteys like him.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | October 8, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to love thy neighbor or Do unto others as you would have done unto you?

Posted by: PepperDr | October 8, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

PepperDr, have you ever had a Neighbor From Hell? I thought not.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | October 8, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

hey, t-baggin is cheaper than meth!

Posted by: mloaks | October 8, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, speaking of hate crimes. How about the high rate of crime statistics in the D.C. area that show minorities are the principal perpetrators (and principal victims) of crime. Hating oneself is surely a hate crime. Too bad all these people won't vote, otherwise the demoblicans would win. Well, REpublikrats, demoblicans, same thing.

Posted by: shred11 | October 8, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

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