NFL player, ex-Hawkeye offers extra “bounty” for razor blade playground culprit

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde says he’s offering a $1,000 “bounty” to try and find the culprit or culprits who glued a dozen razor blades to playground equipment at an East Moline, Illinois playground.

Vandervelde lives in nearby Davenport, Iowa.

“It’s just outrageous, having a son now. I can’t imagine a situation where my child had been cut by those razor blades.” Vandervelde said.

“Basically, the way I see it, we’ve got a psychopath roaming around the Quad Cities and as a parent, I don’t feel safe for my child.  So, I’m going to do something about it,” Vandervelde said.

The former Hawkeye football standout is the father of a 15-month-old boy.

“I’m putting down $1,000 cash for the person who brings us information or identifies the person who put razor blades in the park,” he said.

Quad Cities Crime Stoppers is also offering a $1,000 reward.

A two-year-old Moline boy cut his hand on one of the blades attached to the monkey bars. He is doing fine, but it could have been much worse.

“There’s a sicko out there and the sooner we get him caught, the better,” Vandervelde said.

Related: Parents of toddler cut by razor blades in park say culprit “sick” and “psychotic”

“If it had been my son, I’d be out for blood. I mean, we’d have NFL security teams, Dog the Bounty Hunter, I’d have Boba Fett on the phone. Every bounty hunter for a thousand miles would know about it,” Vandervelde said.

An East Moline police captain said investigators have received “a few calls” and are looking into possible leads in the case.

“I can’t possibly ignore this. To have this creeping into our community is completely unacceptable. It’s not about stepping on the police’s toes. I’m fully confident in them, but anything we can do to speed up the process before whoever did this has a chance to do something horrendous again,” Vandervelde said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Capt. Reynolds at (309) 752-1552 or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at (309) 762-9500.

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7 comments

  • aaron d

    dont know if it helps (or if im right) but from the pics it looks like toothpaste was used to hold the razors…this is commonly done in jails and prisons…catch this pos

  • CR

    Turn in the looser and be a hero! Get alot of money on top of it. Thank you Julian for a generous contribution to the cause!

  • Ris

    I believe it was some teenage kids thinking that this is funny nowadays the things these teenagers do for fun is unreal and everyone says its part of puberty and growing up….. With the summer months coming this should just be a heads up to parents to not just pull up to the park and let your children run off into whatever might happen, stop take a look around i am proud to say im always well aware of all my surrounding (everything) espescailly when i have my child with me.

  • Michael Wellman

    Wow!! If anyone makes a reference to Boba Fett, then this man is dead serious about catching this nut-bar.

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