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Man accused of dumping paint inside ex-wife’s car

July 19th, 2011 11:45 pm by Brad Hicks

ERWIN — An Erwin man was arrested Monday by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department and charged with vandalism for allegedly going to where his ex-wife was visiting and dumping paint on the inside of her car and breaking a window at the residence.
John Derek Tapp, 28, Meadowbrook Drive, was arrested and charged with two counts of felony vandalism. According to an affidavit written by Lt. David Walker with the UCSD, on Saturday morning Tapp went to a residence on Spring Street where his ex-wife was visiting a friend and poured blue and white paint on the inside of her car. The report also states that, according to the alleged victim, the damage was more than $1,000.
A complaint made by Tapp’s ex-wife on Saturday states that she awoke to find her car had been covered in a large amount of paint. She believed her ex-husband was responsible for the act and that she had seen him drive by the home around 3 a.m., the complaint states. She also stated that Tapp had painted several of her cars in the past and had been previously responsible for other acts of vandalism, according to the report.
Walker states in his affidavit that he subsequently made contact with Tapp. Walker wrote in the affidavit that Tapp said he “was not going to own up to it,” but did not deny being responsible the act.
Another complaint made Sunday by the owner of the Spring Street residence states that when the he returned home early that morning, he found a brick had been thrown through his bay window. The brick was still laying inside the home when he returned, the complaint states. Damages to the window were estimated to be approximately $1,000 and the complaint listed Tapp as the suspect.
Tapp is scheduled to appear in Unicoi County Sessions Court on Oct. 21.

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