Police arrested a man and woman after receiving a call for criminal mischief to multiple vehicles.
James Yoshida, 36, and Jacqueline Robinson, 41, allegedly vandalized nine vehicles and a retaining wall in the 600 block of Damon Street Sunday evening.
Out of all the vehicles, Hansel Morrow says his work truck received the worst damage.
“When I pulled up – this is what I have to come home to. I mean I know the truck is not much though, but I just bought it,” Morrow says.
Samuel Wools, Morrow’s brother, also lives in the neighborhood. When his family came home from a night at the movies, he says he saw orange spray paint throughout the area.
“As soon as I drove up around the street over there, I saw some cars on the block below us with some markings. Of course, the police was up and down the block,” Wool says. “As I was walking down the block, I could see the cars that were hit.”
According to a police report, officers received a call around 7:15 p.m. Sunday. While in route to the call, the pair had already left the area.
However, officers later found them.
Yoshida and Robinson denied the allegations, but police say they found evidence located inside the vehicle which linked them to the crime. Neighbors were also able to identify the suspects, since Yoshida and Robinson used to own a house in the area.
The brothers say they even hung out with Yoshida.
“When we moved into the neighborhood, about four years ago, he was one of the first people to say, 'Hi.' I thought he was an alright guy but it is what it is,” Wools says.
When the brothers found out who had vandalized their neighborhood, they just could not believe it.
“It's a real head scratcher. I mean, I wish I really had an answer for it but the more I think about it – it does hurt my head,” Morrow says. “Maybe he needed a hug that day.”
Yoshida and Robinson are booked into Pottawattamie County Jail on felony criminal mischief charges.