Florida Vandalism Suspect: ‘Trump Owes Me 1 Trillion Dollars’

September 15, 2019 Updated: September 15, 2019

A Florida man who was arrested for smashing car windows provided an unusual answer to police.

“Take me to jail,” Justin James Wilson, 30, told police, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. “I did it because Donald Trump owes me one trillion dollars and these vehicles belong to the mafia.”

He faces 14 counts of felony criminal mischief and six counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief, the office said on Facebook.

Justin James Wilson made an unusual statement after being arrested by police (Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office)
The suspect is accused of doing about $30,000 in damage to cars. (Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office)

Wilson allegedly damaged at least 20 cars parked at a Holiday Inn on Okaloosa Island, the office said, adding that it amounted to about $30,000 in damage.

The suspect is accused of doing about $30,000 in damage to cars. (Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office)

“Witnesses say Wilson used rocks and a belt buckle to smash windows and beat the cars. Responding deputies found Wilson in front of the business, passed out on a bench,” officials wrote.

The vehicles were parked at a Holiday Inn. (Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office)
Police didn’t release any further details (Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office)

Other details about the incident are not clear.

Facts About Crime in the United States

Violent crime in the United States has fallen sharply over the past 25 years, according to both the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) (pdf).

The rate of violent crimes fell by 49 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the FBI’s UCR, which only reflects crimes reported to the police.

The violent crime rate dropped by 74 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the BJS’s NCVS, which takes into account both crimes that have been reported to the police and those that have not.

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A stock photo of police tape (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The FBI recently released preliminary data for 2018. According to the Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January to June 2018, violent crime rates in the United States dropped by 4.3 percent compared to the same six-month period in 2017.

While the overall rate of violent crime has seen a steady downward drop since its peak in the 1990s, there have been several upticks that bucked the trend. Between 2014 and 2016, the murder rate increased by more than 20 percent, to 5.4 per 100,000 residents, from 4.4, according to an Epoch Times analysis of FBI data. The last two-year period that the rate soared so quickly was between 1966 and 1968.