Police investigate attacks on vehicles on I-95 in Howard

April 16, 2004|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF

Five motorists had their automobile windows cracked or shattered over the past two weeks by an unknown projectile while driving on Interstate 95 in Howard County, with the latest incident occurring yesterday morning during rush-hour, authorities said.

None of the drivers has been injured in the incidents.

Maryland State Police investigators have not recovered any projectiles used to damage the vehicles, and they do not have a description of a suspect or suspects. A state police helicopter, special operations team and a K-9 unit were deployed to investigate yesterday's incident.

Cpl. Rob Moroney, a state police spokesman, said investigators have mostly ruled out the use of a firearm, based on forensic analyses of the damaged vehicles.

"It's probably someone throwing a stone, using a slingshot, or a pellet or BB gun," he said.

The incidents have occurred along a four-mile stretch of I-95, between Route 32 and Route 100, in the northbound and southbound lanes, Moroney said. Like most other parts of I-95 in Maryland, that stretch is lined by vegetation, and nearby homes and neighborhood streets can be seen from points along the highway.

About 190,000 vehicles drove on I-95 through Howard County each day last year, making it one of the busiest parts of the highway in the state, according to the latest state highway figures.

Sherry Llewellyn, a Howard police spokeswoman, said officers who normally patrol areas along the I-95 corridor have been instructed to spend more time in those areas, but additional manpower has not been added.

Anyone with information about the incidents can call the state police at 410-799-2101 or #77 on a cell phone.

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