East Lake man guilty of vandalism on Hatteras

By on July 30, 2020

Perrot had been charged in tire slashing incidents

(National Park Service)

(U.S. Attorney’s Office)

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced on July 30 that Richard Gregory Perrot has been found guilty on 6 counts of vandalism on two separate motor vehicles in federal court.  He is awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled in Raleigh on Sept. 14.

Perrot was arrested and charged with four counts of vandalism on August 11, 2019, after he vandalized a vehicle by puncturing its tires at Ramp 23 within Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  Additionally, Perrot was charged with two counts of vandalism of a motor vehicle by puncturing tires in an incident at Coquina Beach on August 9, 2019. Each of these charges carries up to a 6 months’ imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, up to one-year supervised release, and /or up to 5 years’ probation.

According to the investigation, between July and August of 2019, U.S. Park Rangers responded to 18 separate incidents of vehicles having their tires slashed. In several incidents, Perrot and/or his vehicle were observed in the same parking lot as the vandalized vehicles.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle accepted the verdict. The U.S. National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aakash Singh prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No.2:19-mj-01070-BO.


  • Ken Fucci

    Give him a shovel and make him dig out stuck 4×4’s for a year…..don’t be cruel, give him a tent to live in

    Thursday, Jul 30 @ 6:17 pm
  • Lemonshirt

    I cant help but wonder what makes a person’s life so miserable that they feel compelled to needlessly give misery to others. Spreading misery to others doesnt lower one’s own burden. It only adds to it.

    Saturday, Aug 1 @ 9:58 am
  • Visitor

    I was curious and googled the perp’s name. Looks like his son died In 2014 and incidents of tire slashing in the area began shortly after that and increasing yearly.
    Just the recent ones are up to $1,500 per vehicle (he targeted jeep wranglers slashing spares as well and mud tires on wrangles can be $300 a piece) x apparently at least 20 is up to $30,000 in direct damage. Add to that he was ruining people’s vacations.
    Am am for being tough on crime. It is proven to reduce crime since almost all offenses in the US are repeat.
    Then again his kid dying may have set off a mental health crisis and that does go supporting some mercy.

    Sunday, Aug 2 @ 11:05 pm