Woman walking dog accused in tire slashing spree at apartments in El Paso

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A 54-year-old woman is accused of slashing nearly two dozen tires while walking her dog at a Central El Paso apartment complex during the weekend.

El Paso police investigators arrested Deirdre Elsie Benoit on Monday on criminal mischief charges, police said.

Benoit is accused of slashing or puncturing 22 tires, causing an estimated $3,800 worth of damage, a police news release states.

On Saturday morning, police received reports that several tires had been slashed overnight at an apartment complex on Timberwolf Drive, north of Bassett Place.

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Security video by one of the victims allegedly showed Benoit walking her dog through the parking lot and “nonchalantly stoop down to puncture the tires of the two cars” in view of the camera, a police news release states.

El Paso County Jail records stated that Benoit was booked on five counts of criminal mischief.

Benoit remained jailed Tuesday under a total bond of $4,500, according to jail records.

Additional charges are pending because not all victims have come forward, police said.

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