Vehicles being hit by projectiles on I-95 in Howard

Police probe series of incidents, including latest this morning

No injuries so far

April 15, 2004|By Jacqueline Seaberg | Jacqueline Seaberg, Staff

In the fifth such incident over the past two weeks, an unknown projectile this morning hit and damaged a vehicle traveling on a stretch of Interstate 95 in Howard County, authorities said.

The latest incident occurred at 9 today, when a woman's window was broken by an object as she was driving southbound on I-95 between Route 32 and Route 100, Maryland State Police said.

A police helicopter and canine unit were searching the scene for suspects.

No one has been injured in the five incidents, during which two side windows, a windshield and a sunroof have also been broken, according to state police spokesman Cpl. Rob Moroney. In the previous instances, two of the vehicles were traveling northbound and two southbound, he said.

The first two incidents occurred March 30 around 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Before today, the other two occurred around 9 a.m. April 3 and April 14. In each case, police have not recovered any of the projectiles.

"The type of damage indicated that it is some type of object being thrown or some type of slingshot or a pellet gun, but we're just not sure," Moroney said.

State police urge anyone who has seen any suspicious activity to call the Waterloo barracks at 410-799-2101 or dial #77 on a cell phone.

"We are asking the public to be our eyes for us," Moroney said.

He added that people should be on the lookout for anyone on the side of the interstate not obviously with a disabled vehicle.

Originally published April 15, 2004, 10:33 AM EDT

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