Update: July 22, 3:04 a.m.
According to Nassau County detectives, a female victim, 47, looked out the window of her Ronni Drive home at 5 a.m. on Saturday and saw a white male wearing a dark sweatshirt and dark jeans cutting a tire on her 2000 Chevy Caravan. The suspect fled on foot northbound on Morris Drive.
As police officers from the Third Precinct searched for the suspect, they came upon a 2010 Honda on fire on Morris Drive, police said.
The investigation revealed there were approximately 27 vehicles with damage to tires on the surrounding streets, which include Bette Road, Nancy Drive and Cadillac Drive, police said.
Detectives ask anyone with information about the above crimes to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Nassau County Police are investigating a rash of tire slashings that took place overnight Friday into Saturday in East Meadow.
According to detectives, "there were at least two dozen" vehicles that were affected. There was no description of the person or persons who may be responsible provided. Police added that the investigation is ongoing, and they will release more information as they get it.
According to Ex-Chief Carl Pugliese, firefighters were tending to a car fire on Morris Drive when they noticed the pattern of tire slashings. Pugliese said that vehicles on Nancy Drive, Cadillac Road, Ronni Drive and Bette Road were all struck.
"The car fire appeared to be intentionally set," Pugliese added.
Police did not confirm whether there was a link between the car fire and the tire slashings.
One resident on Cadillac Drive was spotted working to repair one car, while the car behind it had two flat tires as well. Another man, who's van was struck by the assailant, said that he thought the incident took place around 2 a.m. Saturday.
"We woke up to police at our door this morning," the man, who requested anonymity, said. "It looks like it was quite a busy night in East Meadow."
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