If you ride e-scooters around town, you may want to think twice. A crazy Fort Lauderdale man was arrested for severing the brake lines of numerous electric scooters throughout the city.
The man known as Randall Thomas Williams, 59, faces a third-degree felony criminal mischief charge, as well as the smaller charges of resisting without violence and loitering.
Both e-scooters were from the Lime company.
All Caught on Video
In the video, Williams looks like he’s messing with the wiring on one of the scooters before he leaves and returns with pliers and proceeds to do something to the wire of the scooter. Most likely being the brake line.
“Vandalizing property is a crime and only harms those who rely on these vehicles every day as an affordable, convenient way to get around,” a Lime spokeswoman said in a statement Tuesday. “Lime takes vandalism seriously and we are thankful that FLPD was able to apprehend a suspect in this case. Lime will pursue appropriate legal action against those that damage or vandalize our property.”
According to his arrest report, Williams was also captured on surveillance video tampering with e-scooters on other dates.
Fort Lauderdale police said the department notified the e-scooter vendors, which removed scooters in the areas where the vandalism incidents were reported to avoid anyone getting injured.
“Anyone who witnesses someone tampering with electric scooters should call 911 immediately,” officials with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department stated in a news release. “Additionally, anyone who finds a scooter that appears to have been tampered with should contact the vendor.”
According to the arrest report, Williams requested an attorney after he was taken into custody and told officers that he “did not want to dig himself into a grave.”
Hard to imagine that someone can be such an asshole, that they would do this, and people would inevitably get hurt. We at The Dive Bar say, throw the book at him. On that note come on in and talk about this guy with us an enjoy great pub grub, karaoke all week, live bands all month long, lot’s of cool and happy people, great vibes, stiff cocktails, and the best staff this side of the Mississippi. We hope to see you down here ASAP. We will save a stool for you.