PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A Pittston police officer has been charged with felony criminal mischief after allegedly slashing tires on multiple vehicles.
Officer Dion Fernandes was charged in the incident after Pennsylvania State Police identified Fernandes in security camera footage. Fernandes was off duty at the time of the incident.
According to the arrest affidavit, Fernandes called a friend who is a Pittston police officer to bring him a knife to the downtown area. That friend happened to be on duty and reportedly had no idea why Fernandes wanted a knife.
He and another officer brough the knife to fernandes and left the area only to return to the area later to investigate reports of vandalism to vehicles. They say when they saw Fernandes again was angry because he had just been cut off by a local bartender. They say Fernandez appeard to be intoxicated.
Fernandez was charged with a felony count of criminal mischief.
Pittson Mayor Mike Lombardo reacted to the charge.
“I’m glad we are moving to some resolution with this. Obvioulsy I would have been more happy if it never occured certainly a frustrating and disappointing day for us here in the city,” Lombardo said.
As for Fernandes, Lombardo says he’d consider him to have been a good officer, making the case frustrating.
For residents, the case is the talk of thetown.
“We go to ask what happened with him and what did he do to get in that situation to be a police officer that’s sad,” J. R. Griffith, a Pittston resident said.
According to troopers Fernandes slashed the tires on 5 vehicles and caused a total damage of $5.543.21.
Ferandes faces jail time and fines if convicted of this charge