Police say teens shot out windows of cars with BB guns

Posted Oct. 25, 2011, at 9:43 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 25, 2011, at 11:25 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A motorist complaint has led to misdemeanor charges against a pair of Queen City juveniles who were shooting a BB gun at passing cars, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

On Sunday, Bangor police Officer Dan Herrick was dispatched to the intersection of Milford and Essex streets after a motorist complained that his rear window had been shot out while he was driving on Essex Street, Edwards said.

Herrick reported that just before he arrived on the scene, another motorist stopped him and complained the rear window of his van had just been broken in that same neighborhood, and the officer advised the second victim to meet him at Milford and Essex streets along with the first victim.

While Herrick was conducting interviews, another car pulled up with its side window broken out, and that motorist also said his window was shot out, according to Edwards. One of the victims stated to police that after his window was shot, he made an abrupt U-turn and looked at the houses in the area. The victim said he saw activity in a second-floor window of a home right where his window was shot and saw a screen with several holes in it.

Herrick’s investigation led to two teenage boys, ages 16 and 17, being charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and reckless conduct. The cars the boys hit had an estimated $1,500 in damage, according to Edwards.

Assault charges could be pending related to the incidents involving a school crossing guard and pedestrians walking to school. Anyone in the area of Milford and Essex Streets who was shot with a BB gun is urged to call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7384 and ask for Officer Herrick. (Ryan McLaughlin, BDN)

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