Man arrested for vandalizing dozens of campus cars

Louisville, KY - By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police say they now have the man who vandalized more than three dozen cars on the University of Louisville campus in September.

Twenty-seven-year-old David Charles Baker is facing more than a dozen felony charges. It took two months for UofL police to crack this case, but now they say they have no doubt, Baker is the man who vandalized at least 40 cars the first weekend of September after the UofL UK football game.

The arrest actually happened inside the courtroom Wednesday morning. Baker was in court on misdemeanor charges in another tire slashing incident from last month. Those charges were dismissed, but police knew he was going to be there and took the chance to arrest him on an indictment and warrant.

Wednesday's arrest was in connection with what happened on September 5 when dozens of cars were keyed and tires were slashed. Police say campus surveillance video helped them solve the crime.

"We were able to capture an image from our video," said John Tarter with the UofL Police Department. "That video was enhanced, and we identified vehicle that used in the commission of the crimes. It also gave us an image of an individual."

Police are calling this a serious crime with at least $50,000 in damage. They also say Baker is not a student at either UofL or UK.

Baker remains jailed on a $50,000 cash bond. He'll be in court next week facing 16 criminal mischief, felony charges.

Neither Baker nor his lawyer wanted to talk with us outside court.

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