- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (AP) - A trio of 13-year-old boys pelted cars with rocks on a well-traveled highway, damaging vehicles and endangering drivers, police said Tuesday.

Rocks and pieces of glass were thrown Friday from a creek under U.S. Route 33 southeast of Columbus, and investigators found the boys again taking aim at travelers Monday evening, WCMH-TV reported.

Columbus police said the boys, all from nearby Groveport, were detained and then brought back to their families. They are expected to face charges after further investigation.

At least 20 vehicles were reported to be hit since Friday, including one off-duty police officer’s car, Columbus police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis said. The resulting damage could amount to hundreds of dollars per driver.

The stunned travelers included Mary Jo Factor, of Pickerington, who had a car window shattered by a rock on Friday.



“I pulled over immediately and looked back and of course, there was glass everywhere,” Factor said. “And at that point I didn’t know if it was a gunshot or what.”

She said she’s relieved there were no serious injuries from the rock-throwing.

“The window can be fixed,” Factor told WCMH. “That wasn’t what got me. It was that somebody could be hurt or killed.”

Motorist Jim Hoy said he was traveling westbound when he saw something fly over the roadway. He heard a boom as a rock struck his Ford Mustang, knocking out the decorative horse logo on the front. He told WBNS he considers it a “heartless” act.

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Information from: WBNS-TV, https://www.10tv.com/

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