A Traverse City hand surgeon is facing felony charges after admitting to vandalizing multiple properties owned by the Kevin O’Grady family on the Old Mission Peninsula, including the entrance signs of his development, “The 81 on East Bay,” on the corner of Bluff Road and Boursaw Road, in October (read our story here).
Mark Leslie, founding physician and partner with Hand Surgery of Northern Michigan, admitted to also vandalizing the Bluff Road home of O’Grady in July, spray-painting “Land Raper” on the breakwall and “Land Rapist” on the road in front of his home, with an arrow pointing to the home.
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“Land Rape” was painted on the entrance signs on both sides of the road leading into “The 81” development, and the perpetrator, now identified as Leslie, was caught on security camera footage.
According to a story posted by Traverse City Ticker on their Facebook page earlier today, Leslie told a Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputy that he was “very upset about the use of land,” and admitted to vandalizing both of the O’Grady properties.
Leslie, who is a resident of the Old Mission Peninsula, is facing two counts of malicious destruction of a building, a felony which carries up to five years in prison. He was arraigned on the charges this morning and released on a personal recognizance bond.
Kevin O’Grady’s son Kyle, a realtor with Re/Max Bayshore in Traverse City who is handling the sale of “The 81” lots, said they’re glad Leslie has been caught, but for them, it goes beyond the monetary damage caused by the vandalism.
“From our reality, it’s a lot more than a guy with a can of spray-paint,” he said. “It’s stalking. It’s multiple pieces of property, not just one and not just one time.”
He added, “The damage to the signs is one thing, a very large monetary amount, but what does that do to our reputation? I’m getting leads, people calling me from Detroit saying, ‘Hey, I’m interested in your property, but wait, was that the one that was on the news?’ So it’s had a lot more detriment than just the cost of the sign. It’s much more than that, and we’re going to do everything in our power to file a criminal lawsuit.”