Vandal Targets Cars Overnight At Friends University

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Police are looking for a vandal who spent Halloween slashing as many as 100 tires, causing more than $5,000 in damage at Friends University.

The vandalism caused yet another financial hardship for the university's students, some of whom work multiple jobs to pay for school.

Many Friends University students are having to get a crash course on changing flat tires.

Friends student Shannon Vasioiauskas has some experience changing tires and is helping a classmate who doesn't.

The lot that was targeted is shared by the Village and the Smith Apartments on campus.

Just after midnight, a security officer spotted what he describes as a white, slender male, possibly a teenager, slashing tires in the parking lot.

"When the young male saw the officer he took off running. There was a chase. The officer called the Wichita Police department. Unfortunately they were not able to apprehend the suspect," said Gisele McMinimy, Friends University Communications Director.

She estimates 40 vehicles were hit, some with one tire slashed, others with two, three or all four slashed. Roughly 100 individual tires need to be replaced. At the low average of $50 per tire, damage estimates are above $5,000.

"I have a Jeep. So I have very big tires. It's going to be about 200 a piece to replace," said Friends student Taylor Johnson.

McMinimy said she doesn't know why the vandal targeted this lot, saying it could have been as random as it was senseless.

"It's really a hardship for our students," McMinimy said.

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