A 28-year-old man was arrested in connection with the slashing late Friday night of 16 vehicles, including five that are city-owned, near Philadelphia's City Hall, police said Saturday.

About 11:40 p.m. Friday, plainclothes officers who were in a vehicle near Broad and Arch Streets saw a man standing next to a city-owned vehicle, a 2009 Ford Escape, and stabbing a rear tire with a knife, police said. The man then walked to the front of the vehicle and stabbed another tire, police said.

The officers then got out of their vehicle, identified themselves and placed the man in custody.

A witness told the officers that he saw the same man flattening the tires of two black SUVs parked on the 1400 block of JFK Boulevard, police said. Those vehicles are also city-owned.

In total, police found 16 vehicles in the area with slashed tires. All vehicles were parked and unattended at the time.

The suspect was taken into custody. His name was not released pending completion of the processing of charges, police said.

- Julie Shaw