What could the tire-slasher's motivation be?
I guess the only "profile" that makes sense is that the perpetrator has a grudge against the type who would buy a Prius (whatever that type is supposed to be). "In the interest of full disclosure", my mother has a Prius, and has had it for something like six years. I don't think she's necessarily a "type", though. She lives in Arlington, but quite far away from these slashings.
Three other scenarios are plausible:
- The act of an insane person.
- A dare by a group of kids.
- A "false flag" incident to make it look like the kind of thing described in the paragraph above, to drum up support for a perceived cause. This has been known to happen a lot, and national media has been tricked more than a few times, so it'd be foolish to discount the possibility.
These categories are not mutually exclusive. A #3 perpetrator would very probably also be, to some extent, a #1.
- 71%: Percent of resident adults over age 25 had a college degree in 2000, way above the national average.**
- $150,000 (2010 dollars): The average yearly household income for the entire zip code. The streets reportedly affected are below U.S.-29 (Lee Highway), so the car-owners may be some of the lowest-income in this zip code, perhaps below $100,000. The really rich live further north, well above U.S.-29.***
- 22207 was the highest-income zip-code in Arlington County in 2000, and probably still is.
** This is compared to about 25% nationwide. And actually, 22207 is not the "most educated" zip code in Arlington. That is 22201 (the core of the Orange Line Metro corridor), where 74% of over-25s held college degrees in 2000. The least-educated zip code in Arlington was 22204 (the heart of "South Arlington"), where only 38% of adults over age-25 held a college degree back in 2000; probably higher today after steady gentrification.
***Relative wealth in the USA is easy to guess from maps: Neat street grids are usually a sign of lower relative wealth, e.g. the section of zip code 22207 south of U.S.-29 (Lee Highway) on the map above, where the tire-slashings took place. The really rich parts of North Arlington are all well north of Lee Highway, where the road pattern tends to lose coherence and disintegrate; twisting, turning, "cul-de-sac-ing". This is because the rich (in the USA) want to be left alone, I guess. Those neighborhoods are not easily accessible. Interestingly, it's exactly the opposite in Korea, and I suspect much of the rest of Asia, too. The Gangnam district of Seoul is all laid out in a perfect grid, as are all the "new cities". If you find twisting and turning roads in Korea, and there are plenty, it means "old and poor".