Suspects target drivers with rocks

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Police say several people in a car went around throwing rocks at other drivers on the road Monday: knocking out windows, and sending one man to the hospital.

It all happened between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Monday night. Police think the suspects threw rocks at four random vehicles.  According to a police report, the victim inside one car was hit so hard by a rock and shattered glass, he thought he was shot in the face.

The rock that injured the man went through his front passenger window at the intersection of Fairfield and Home Avenues in Fort Wayne.  Officers say the driver of that vehicle immediately took the man to the emergency room because he was bleeding from his mouth and face.

According to three other police reports:

  • Rocks hit a minivan with a family inside around Home and S. Wayne Avenues, but didn’t do much damage.
  • A rock went through the front passenger window of a vehicle at W. Creighton and Fairfield Ave.
  • A rock broke through a woman’s windshield near the intersection of State and Randallia.

“These are felony charges that individuals are looking at. [The crimes] could result in death,” said Officer Michael Joyner with the Fort Wayne Police Department.  “It’s about as dumb as dumb can be in terms of finding some type of enjoyment or thrill out of this.”

Fort Wayne police think the suspects were driving a dark Pontiac Grand Am.  It’s an older 80’s or 90’s model with a spoiler on the back.  The right front side has a smaller spare tire or donut and possibly has a temporary license plate.

“We think it’s kids.  Kids love to talk,” Joyner said.  “If they’re talking and somebody has heard this through conversations with individuals please contact us at CrimeStoppers because they need to be brought to justice.”

Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers anonymously at (260) 436-STOP.

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