The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) continues to seek a suspect who they believe is a serial semi tire slasher.
In an October 25 press release, FHP reported 10 separate incidents involving a suspect using a handheld object to puncture truck and/or trailer tires on parked semi trucks.
FHP says that the tire puncturing incidents occurred overnight as trucks were parked along exit or entrance ramps along I-75 and I-10 in Columbia County.
“In addition to the high cost to replace tires, the ability to safely [operate] a commercial motor [vehicle] with damaged tires is seriously jeopardized,” FHP said.
One of the victims provided FHP with images of a suspect who is a white male between 5’9″ and 6’0″ with a slim build. He was spotted wearing a baseball cap and a t-shirt with a logo.
A similar incident was reported outside of Florida on October 3, 2023, after a truck driver parked overnight off I-75 at Exit 37 in Adel, Georgia. The truck driver shared a social media video explaining he and his wife pulled off on an exit ramp to sleep. When they woke up in the morning, he says “all 18 tires had been stabbed with what looks like … an ice pick.” He also says that the six tires on the equipment he was hauling were punctured and his lines had been cut.
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If you have information, you’re asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at 1-800-387-1290.