Crime

July 18, 2014

Two teens detained after rock-throwing spree in Weatherford

Two 14-year-old boys are accused of throwing rocks and railroad spikes at vehicles on Interstate 20, injuring a woman and damaging 14 vehicles.

One woman was injured and 14 vehicles traveling on Interstate 20 were damaged this week by rocks thrown from a bridge abutment, police reported Friday.

Two 14-year-old boys were detained Tuesday and face charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felony criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000, according to a news release.

One rock went through the windshield of an 18-wheeler and struck the 59-year-old passenger in the mouth. She was taken to Weatherford Regional Hospital for treatment, the release said.

Ten passenger vehicles and four tractor-trailer rigs were hit with rocks and railroad spikes.

Several 911 calls were received Tuesday morning and again Tuesday afternoon from motorists whose vehicles were hit.

Callers reported seeing boys throwing rocks and other items at westbound vehicles on Interstate 20 at Bankhead Drive, according to police.

They were throwing rocks from the north bridge abutment above an active railroad track, the release said.

Police did not locate any suspects during an initial search about 12:10 p.m., but received more calls two hours later regarding rock throwing in the same area, the release said.

This time, officers found numerous rocks and railroad spikes on the interstate, the release said. Police got a description of the rock-throwers and found two teenagers who matched the descriptions at a nearby town-home complex, the release said

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