February 6, 2013

Colleyville mom indicted, accused of leading middle-schoolers in damaging pranks

Tara Mauney, 42, led a group of middle-school students through a series of juvenile pranks on a residence that left almost $6,000 damage last summer, police say.

A Tarrant County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Colleyville mother on a charge that she led a group of middle-school students through a series of juvenile pranks on a residence that left almost $6,000 damage last summer.

Jurors returned the criminal mischief indictment against Tara Mauney, 42, who remained free on $7,500 bail.

If convicted, Mauney faces a maximum of two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

The Colleyville mother is accused of damaging the Colleyville home by, among things, writing graffiti on outside walls and placing raw chicken in a mailbox.

Mauney or her attorney Brian Willett could not be reached Wednesday afternoon. Tarrant County criminal court records also listed Warren St. John of Fort Worth as an attorney. St. John also is an attorney for Eddie Routh, who is accused of killing former Navy Seal Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield, last weekend at a gun range near Glen Rose in Erath County.

In a previous interview with the Star-Telegram, Willett said Mauney wasn't even at the Colleyville residence.

No juveniles were charged in the case, officials said Wednesday.

An arrest warrant affidavit gave this account:

Homeowner Jodie Rishel called Colleyville police on the morning of July 25, saying her daughter had several classmates from Colleyville Middle School stay overnight.

At about 2 a.m., the girls were swimming in a backyard pool in the 4600 block of Alexandra Drive when they saw a male looking over a back fence. The girls got out of the pool, went to the front of the house and began chasing the male, and then saw a group of kids. The girls chased the group to a nearby home and watched as everyone except Mauney went inside.

Mauney stopped in front of the house and asked, "Could I help you?"

One of the girls told Mauney, "You can clean up the mess you just made."

Colleyville police were summoned and observed a large amount of toilet paper wrapped in the trees and shrubs at the house on Alexandra Drive.

Police found two chicken halves in the mailbox and a toilet in a driveway with vulgarity written on it.

Graffiti was written with a black marker on outside walls.

Peanut butter was smeared on the pillars of the covered driveway, the affidavit says.

A witness told authorities that she saw Mauney and a group of juveniles shopping at the Bedford Walmart on the night of July 24. Security video from the store also showed that Mauney and juveniles were in the Walmart.

Three 36-roll packages of tissue were bought at the Walmart, police said.

Mauney and the juveniles even took time for a group photo inside the store, the affidavit says.

Colleyville police say they believe that Mauney and the juveniles placed toilet paper on a second home the night of July 24 and early morning of July 25.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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