3 from Arnold charged in vandalism spree

CRIME WATCH

February 08, 2007

Three young men from Arnold have been charged in a vandalism spree in which the windows of 55 cars were shot out, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Kevin Robert Adams and Jonathan Grant Mathews, both 20, and a 17-year-old were arrested early Sunday after their sport utility vehicle crashed with police in pursuit.

The three are also accused of shooting BB pellets at a moving vehicle in Glen Burnie, striking its driver in the back of the head, said Cpl. Sara Schriver, a county police spokeswoman.

"Kids will be kids. We expect this. What we see in our county is a shattered window, a dented vehicle or graffiti on one or two vehicles," Schriver said. "This case is extremely rare."

Police were tipped off at 3 a.m. Sunday by someone on Clifton Avenue in Arnold who saw several people in a white Ford Explorer shooting at cars.

Less than an hour later, a man called police from Route 10 in Glen Burnie to report three windows in his sedan -- and the back of his head -- had been struck by BB pellets shot from an SUV behind him with the same description. Schriver said she did not know the extent of the man's injury.

Police caught up with the Explorer, whose driver lost control of the vehicle near the Interstate 695 interchange and struck the median.

One arrest was made at the crash scene; the two others were captured after a brief chase. Police said they also recovered a BB gun.

The vandalism, which began at 8:30 p.m., wound through Arnold, Severna Park, Millersville and Glen Burnie, police said.

Each of the three suspects is charged with malicious destruction of property. Adams is also charged with second-degree assault. The 17-year-old was not named because he was charged as a juvenile.

Adams was being held without bail last night at the Jennifer Road Detention Center. Mathews was released Tuesday on $20,000 bail, and the juvenile was released to his parents' custody.

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