When Ten-year Maricopa resident Francesca Wikoff woke up on Thursday morning she received a big surprise as she exited her home in the Homestead South community. She found her tires had been slashed and a severed finger lying on the concrete of her driveway.
The trail of blood left at the scene led away from Wikoff’s GMC Yukon parked in the driveway straight to a nearby residence. Wikoff said one resident of the home is out of town, and the other is the man she believes is the owner of the appendage.
The couple had allegedly gone over to a neighbor’s home on Wednesday night with their children for a get-together, and Wikoff said their male neighbor had tagged along uninvited. Allegedly, the man became increasingly intoxicated and aggressive as the evening wore on.
“He tried to get in an altercation with my husband, who is injured. Then after (that), he shoved me twice,” Wikoff said. “He was asked to leave, and he didn’t like that, so he tried to retaliate by slashing my tires. However, he left a little consolation prize.”
“I literally have been laughing all day because if I don’t, I might cry,” said Francesca Wikoff.
Wikoff believes the tire slasher cut her back tire then accidentally cut his finger off. “We assume it happened at 10:30 last night because we had our neighbor that lives next to him heard a loud scream and then a car speeding off,” said Wikoff.
Wikoff, a former volunteer firefighter and EMT, said that because of her past experience was likely the only reason she was able to stomach the sight of the lone appendage.
“It’s pretty comical. You would think that if you’re gonna go to the hospital, especially if you just severed your finger off, that you would take said finger with you,” said Wikoff.
The neighbor wasn’t home Thursday and Wikoff said he hasn’t been home all day. After speaking with Maricopa officers Thursday afternoon, Wikoff said that when the person responsible is located, she anticipates charges will be filed against him for property damage and other related charges.
Though the family has cameras, Wikoff said the tire-slasher managed to avoid being caught on video. “This is our new-to-us vehicle — we haven’t even had it a year,” Wikoff said. “It was my husband’s grandmother’s last present to us. … It’s our only family vehicle that is safe for the kids, and now I have to spend a lot of money to get it fixed.”
“I don’t find joy in anybody hurting themselves. However, karma has a good way of working itself out,” said Wikoff.