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Man accused of slashing tires on nearly 50 vehicles, setting house on fire in S. Austin

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30-year-old Jason Barclae is accused of slashing multiple car tires and setting a house on fire. (Photo: CBS Austin)

A man is under arrest after police say he slashed the tires of 49 vehicles in a South Austin neighborhood early Monday morning--after allegedly setting a house fire in the same area Tuesday afternoon.

Police responded to a suspicious person in the area of Lansing Drive and Enchanted Lane around 12:45 a.m. The call said a man wearing a backpack was walking around the neighborhood slashing tires with a knife.

When APD officers arrived, they located the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Jason Barclae, with a knife in his hand. He was handcuffed and frisked for the safety of he officers.

According to an affidavit, Barclae told an officer he damaged the tires in an effort to get back to prison. Police say he claimed responsibility for slashing 20 or more vehicles in the area, and also set fire to a house earlier in the day.

He told police he was "fed up" with his job and his neighbors, which is why he was damaging everyone's property.

Court documents state that Barclae was read his Miranda rights and declared he no longer wished to speak with officers. However, during booking, he said unsolicited that he "wanted to make sure he went back to prison" and "I for sure did it" when talking about the fire.

Arson investigators say a fire was intentionally set in vacant home in the 4700 block of Clawson Road around 12:23 Monday afternoon. Barclae allegedly told officer he was trying to rack up felonies, which led him to start the house fire.

Fearing one felony wouldn't be enough to keep him in prison, Barclae then slashed the tires of multiple vehicles, according to an affidavit.

Barclae is charged with criminal mischief and arson.

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