A man who dons a black ninja outfit and goes out at night with a long-handled blade is back on the prowl in Brighton again, slicing up trees to make them die. And now that he's killed all the young trees along one street, he's going after shrubs.
Residents of Peaceable and Winship streets have put up wanted posters, while police try to collect enough evidence to convince a judge that the local resident, who's been killing trees for years, is a menace who needs to be sent away for longer than brief spells in Bridgewater.
"He's cutting down all the trees," Sgt. Michael O'Hara of D-14 told residents at a Brighton Allston Improvement Association meeting tonight. O'Hara said his preferred technique is to strip away just enough bark to mortally wound a tree.
It's gotten so bad, the city will no longer replace street trees along several roads in Brighton Center, "because he's just going to kill them," O'Hara said.
O'Hara said the man has mental issues, but that nothing that is done for him at Bridgewater has stopped him from coming back to Brighton and going around looking for more trees to kill.
O'Hara urged anybody who sees the tree killer to call 911. He told residents not to confront the man himself, partly because of his long-handled blade, partly because he's a former steroid user who is a lot brawnier than his small stature would suggest.