September 07, 2018

'Good Samaritan’ Arrested for Tampering with Tire

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Melvin Magee (52) of Madisonville for purposely flattening a woman’s tire outside of a store on Louisiana Highway 22. Magee pretended to be a good Samaritan, offering to help the woman after she exited the Madisonville-area business on August 30 and found one of her tires going flat. Suspicious of the man’s intentions, the woman called the STPSO.

Further investigation into the matter led detectives to discover that Magee had tampered with the tire prior to the victim exiting the business. They believe Magee caused the tire to go flat in an effort to obtain payment for fixing the tire.

Magee was arrested on September 5, 2018 at his residence and booked on one count of Simple Criminal Damage Less Than $1,000. STPSO Jail staff located a tire valve stem in his pants pocket during booking.

Detectives believe Magee may have scammed or attempted to scam other individuals using the same flat tire/good Samaritan tactic. If you believe you may have been a victim of Magee’s actions or have information about this crime, call Det. Foltmer at (985) 276-1330.

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