The juveniles threw rocks, some as large or larger than four inches, at passing vehicles. At least one 18-wheeler was struck, shattering the windshield.
“The kids were out goofing around and being mischievous,” said Chief Andy Lopez Jr., Refugio police chief. “To them it was a prank but this incident could have been disastrous if the loaded truck tractor would have lost control after being struck and collided with oncoming traffic or careened into a building.”
Lopez said that numerous cars were hit. Officers found all sizes of rocks littering the road where the juveniles were hiding in ditches and throwing the stones at unsuspecting motorists.
“I believe a lot more vehicles were hit but did not get reported,” Lopez said.
Lopez urged the public to report crimes such as these that may not seem significant but could lead to bigger disasters.
The PD investigated leads and identified the juveniles on Dec. 1. Charges of criminal mischief were filed through the Juvenile Probation Office.