Four Teens Arrested for Shooting People with BB Guns | News
HENDERSON, Nev. -- Frank Rodriguez, Adolfo Ortiz, Daniel Duncan, Jr. and an unnamed 17-year-old boy are under arrest on 37 criminal charges. The teens are accused of using a BB gun to shatter windows, hit cars and shoot directly at people in Henderson.
Police have received 18 complaints regarding windows being shot out, eight people reporting being fired at or hit and two houses suffering damage. Several victims were able to provide a description of the vehicle and partial license plate information.
Jaime Cruz-Hernandez discovered his truck window had been shot out as he left for work Saturday morning.
"What's going on here? And, that's when I got real, real scared," he said. "These kids, they have done something so awful."
The damage set him back $173. "What was the motive of this? I don't know what. Just go out there and a rampage of just being wild," he said.
Police say one of the suspects said they were hanging out Friday, smoking hookah, and decided they would go out and shoot BB guns from a van.
Their alleged crimes quickly escalated from property to people. Police say the suspects shot two girls on Van Wagenen Street near Lake Mead Drive as the girls were walking home from school. One of them was hit near the kidney. She was rushed to the hospital. The girls did not sustain serious injuries. Investigators say a bicyclist and a family were also shot.
"All of these attacks appeared to be random - just any pedestrian who happened to be walking by them at the time," said Henderson Police spokesman Keith Paul.
Tara Trenholm's family had their truck window shot out.
"We were out of town at a cheer competition in Anaheim, and we had just come here. It's not the way you want to come to something like that," she said. "I was very upset and aggravated that somebody could be that disrespectful."
The crimes have angered neighbors.
"You better stay out of my neighborhood. I'll tell you that right now," said concerned resident Karen Kevick. "If they're shooting in my neighborhood, and I see them shoot at my house, I'm going to take out my BB gun and shoot right back at them."
On Monday, Henderson Police officers checked high school parking lots in the area of the attacks for the vehicle. Police located a car that matched the description in the parking lot of Foothill High School. When officers looked inside, two BB guns could be seen in plain view.
The 17-year-old came out as police were there and was asked about the BB guns and the recent shootings. The investigation then led to the three other suspects, who were all later arrested.
One of the suspects told Henderson Police they've been driving around shooting at things for four weeks. They face numerous charges including battery, tampering with a vehicle, destroying property, and aiming a gun at a person.
The 17-year-old was charged as a juvenile and taken to the Clark County juvenile detention facility. The three others were booked into the Henderson Detention Center.
Most of the incidents occurred in the area of Boulder Highway. Police say the attacks appear to be random. Any other victims are encouraged to contact the Henderson Police at (702) 267-4750 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.