Rangers catch East Lake man slashing tires at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Published 10:47 am Monday, August 12, 2019

A 62-year-old East Lake man was caught in the act of slashing vehicle tires at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Sunday, August 11. He is scheduled to appear in federal court Monday afternoon in Elizabeth City. Boone Vandzura with the National Park Service has confirmed the man’s name is Richard G. Perrot.

At around 3 p.m. on August 11, the Perrot was arrested in the parking lot of Ramp 23, which is located south of the village of Salvo. His arrest occurred after National Park Service Rangers and Fish and Wildlife Officers observed him in the act of puncturing tires on a Jeep Cherokee.

Since the beginning of 2019, at least 66 vehicle tires have been slashed at CHNS parking lots. Additional tires have been slashed north of the seashore.

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The majority of the vehicles that were vandalized were sport utility vehicles.

A variety of investigative techniques were used to catch the suspect.

Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Kill Devil Hills Police Department, Nags Head Police Department, Fish & Wildlife Service, Dare County Communication Center and the National Park Service‚Äôs Investigative Services Branch assisted CHNS with the case.


Cape Hatteras National Seashore investigating multiple reports of vandalized vehicle tires