A Durham teen has been charged with using a pellet gun to shoot the windows out of several vehicles on the south side of Durham this week, and a 65-year-old woman has been charged with helping him avoid arrest.
It’s not clear if police think the teen was responsible for similar vandalism in Raleigh this week. Police in both cities said someone used a pellet gun to shoot out the windows of at least 50 vehicles since Monday.
Russell Hernandez, 19, of Rolling Pines Avenue was charged with four counts of injury to property, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of going armed to the terror of the public.
Police transported Hernandez to the Durham County jail, where he is being held under $20,000 bail, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said late Thursday.
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Investigators also charged Antonia Barbosa, 65, of Rolling Pines Avenue with one felony count of altering, stealing or destroying criminal evidence and one misdemeanor count of conspiracy, Michael said.
Investigators on Thursday obtained warrants to search the teen and woman’s home and a vehicle parked outside. Police say they found multiple steel BBs inside the vehicle and three BB guns.
Police have not yet said whether Hernandez and Barbosa are related. She was released from custody Thursday on $3,000 unsecured bail.
In Raleigh, about 20 parked vehicles near Cameron Village and nearby neighborhoods were hit by pellets overnight Tuesday. Eleven of the vehicles were on Smallwood Drive, said police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan.
Raleigh police were still not sure they had accounted for all the damaged vehicles and had not made any arrests as of late Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Durham police say they received at least 30 reports of vehicles damaged by pellet guns on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in a widely scattered area on the south side of the city near Interstate 40.