PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a second teen involved in a Halloween incident around 10 p.m. of egging and throwing objects from a car in the community of Deep Creek. Arrested late Tuesday evening was another 16-year-old from Deep Creek. He is charged with being Principal to Throwing a Deadly Missile.
Four teens began their Halloween vandalism by throwing eggs from a car in Deep Creek, but it got out of hand when one of four boys in the car threw an object that smashed the windshield of a large pickup, scrapped the hood and damaged a roof light. The victim, his girlfriend and a 1-year-old baby were uninjured. The victim made a U-turn and caught up to the fleeing car. A vehicle pulled out in front of the fleeing car and collided with it; the pursuing victim then slammed into the rear of Griffin’s car. All four got out of the car and ran. The driver of the car was another 16-year-old from Harbour Heights. He was caught and charged with the same felony of Principal to Throwing a Deadly Missile. Deputies have identified and are looking for the other two teens. Both teens were released to their parents for 21 days home detention.
In another separate Halloween incident in Deep Creek deputies say the owner of a home on Blue Lake Circle said two SUV’s with teenagers pulled up to his home around 8:30 p.m. and asked for candy. He told them he had none and they left. He and his wife were awakened about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday of loud noises outside. He told deputies he suspects the teens came back. They found their mailbox knocked over, vulgar and racial slurs spray painted on the garage door, and feces smeared on the garage door and front screen. About a half-dozen eggs were thrown on the roof and deep marks were found in their yard from a vehicle. Damages were estimated at $600. This investigation continues.
If anyone has information about these vandalism cases, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).