Arizona Shooting Copycats Arrested: 3 Teens Are Not Linked To Freeway Shootings
All three Arizona shooting copycats have been arrested. In a press release issued by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, it was revealed that three 18-year-olds have been apprehended for shooting at vehicles and pedestrians on Interstate 10. The trio is not responsible for the unsolved freeway shootings that began late August.
The Arizona shooting copycats were arrested as authorities continue to search for the criminals terrorizing Interstate 10 for several weeks. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, better known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” due his tough stance against illegal immigration and for his belief that President Obama was born in Kenya, has issued a lengthy press release on the arrest of the Arizona copycats shooters.
According to Arpaio, three men, all aged 18, were arrested on Saturday. The three friends, whose names have not be revealed, took part over the weekend in several attacks along a major highway in Phoenix, Arizona.
The young criminals confessed to pitching rocks at cars and harassing pedestrians with a slingshot. The teens attacked six pedestrians and seven vehicles, but thankfully no one was seriously hurt during the crime spree. A 13-year-old girl, who was cut on the ear, is said to be recovering well. Arpaio stated:
“This probably is a copycat but that’s still serious and I’m sure there will be copycats out there.”
The trio is still behind bars after being charged with criminal damage and conspiracy. The thugs were caught after a motorist was able to write down their plate number and called the police. Colonel Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, claimed the incidents were considered as domestic terrorism and added:
“Don’t kid yourself. What the kids were doing last night was absolutely lethal,” he said. “None of us should have to drive the highways and roadways and worry about people just randomly shooting items at our vehicles.”
Arizona authorities are actively searching for the person or people, who took part in a wave of vehicle shootings that began on August 29. During the series of crimes, bullets, rocks and other projectiles were shot at cars driving along Interstate 10.
Oscar De La Torre Munoz, another teen who was interrogated for the attacks, has been released and is not considered as a suspect. The police said the following about the brief arrest of Mr. Munoz:
“Oscar De La Torre Munoz, 19, was booked into jail on an unrelated charge of marijuana possession and was questioned about the Interstate-10 shootings.”
A group of armed vigilantes, known as the “Bolt Force,” has been patrolling the streets to “get extra eyes and ears on the ground,” according to the founder, Tony (Bolt) Rowley. Bolt shared:
“If they’re trying to kill somebody, they’re a horrible shot. If they’re trying to scare people, they’re doing a good job.”
Milstead and Arpaio are hoping that the public will assist them with the case.