January 22, 2017

Woman arrested for slashing Trump sign

A woman from Oakland, California who slashed a Trump sign on Big Pine Key was arrested Friday. She told deputies she did it because the sign “ruined her chill”.

Deputies Josh Baer and James Pettorini responded to R & T Vinyl Signs at 5 p.m. The owners of the business told them a woman had slashed their vinyl “Trump” sign. They said she also threatened them while holding a knife in her hand. One of the men was able to take a picture of her vehicle as she was leaving, traveling southbound on highway U.S. One.

Lt. Derek Paul spotted the vehicle at the 19 mile marker of the highway and pulled it over. The driver was identified as 30 year old Elizabeth McSurdy. At first she denied slashing the signs and threatening the men; after she was confronted with the photo and after the victim identified her as the suspect, she admitted to doing the damage to the sign. She denied threatening the men, but admitted to holding the knife during the confrontation. The knife she used was found in the glove compartment.


McSurdy was arrested. She was charged with criminal mischief and aggravated assault and she was booked into jail.

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