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Woman covers cars in ketchup and mayonnaise

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DECATUR – Police say a Decatur woman, furious at her two-timing boyfriend and his other girlfriend, covered both of their cars completely in a mixture of ketchup and mayonnaise.

Chantil S. Dawson, 22, is also accused of extensively scratching both vehicles, slashing two tires on each and smashing their rear view mirrors. The victims had first seen the damage about 4 a.m March 9 and reported it to police, who arrested Dawson Sunday evening.

She now faces two counts of criminal damage to property, and police have asked the victims for an update on repair costs, which may exceed $10,000.

Sworn statements say the 36-year-old boyfriend had no doubt from the beginning who had done the damage, which he discovered when he went outside to “get a cigar” from his car. He showed patrol officers text messages he had allegedly received from Dawson that said in part: “... But y'all got a surprise when y'all wake up ... she talk about it, but I'm bout it!!!”

When he texted her back and asked her why she had vandalized the cars, she allegedly replied: “Because I can.”

The boyfriend later told police he believed it was an act of revenge because, earlier in the week before the damage was done, Dawson had stayed the night at his home. While they were together, the other girlfriend had stopped by and began knocking on the door and windows, but the boyfriend said he had not answered.

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“He advised he believes Dawson damaged the vehicles in retaliation for that incident,” the statements said.

Dawson is free on $10,000 bail with the condition she stay away from her boyfriend and his other girlfriend.

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