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PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -– A school janitor is accused of cutting the brake lines on the car of a high school student.  Police say it was an act of revenge that had the potential for deadly results, reports Fox 8.

In April 2009, David Patron made local headlines when he beat out 835 candidates who applied for a job as a middle school janitor with the Perry Local Schools in the midst of the nation’s economic downturn.

“It’s exciting, I feel anxious, at times, nauseous. I feel blessed, maybe it’s my approach or attitude about the custodian. I think he’s a very important piece of the puzzle that makes the whole machine work,” he told Fox 8 at the time.

Now, the 49-year old is charged with criminal damaging and endangering.
Police in the Stark County township say on April 24, a junior at Perry High School reported that his brakes failed while he was driving home from school.

“As he was traveling up a local side street that the car wasn’t functioning correctly and the brake light soon came on. At that point, he pressed the pedal pretty firmly to get the vehicle to stop, turned it off and just left the vehicle sit,” said Perry Township Police chief Michael Pomesky.

Pomesky says the student learned that someone had cut the brake line on his vehicle.

“Apparently he had been on the property over at the high school about an hour prior to his work schedule and at that point is when he made the slices on the brake line,” he said.

Perry Township police say after they questioned Patron, he confessed to the crime.

“There appears to have been some sort of personality clash between a family member of his and the victim. And this was his way of reacting towards that, in essence taking the matter into his own hands,” said the chief.

The superintendent released a statement which read: “The Perry Local Schools have been cooperating with the Perry police department throughout this investigation and will continue to do so.  Mr. Patron has been suspended pending the outcome of this incident.”