MISCHIEF MANAGED: 4 charged for shooting out car windows

Published 11:36 pm Friday, February 5, 2016

One adult and three juveniles have been arrested in connection with a string of malicious mischief incidents reported in Vicksburg in January.

“There were 38 counts, or different incidents, of malicious mischief on car windows and homes over four days,” Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said.

Christopher Johnson, 19, 1009 Stadium Drive, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two felony counts of malicious mischief, Williams said.

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Johnson’s bail was set at $25,000 per count. He bailed out of jail on the malicious mischief charges, but was booked in jail again Friday for a drug court violation, according to Warren County jail records.

One of the juveniles, Christopher Williams, 16, has been certified as an adult because of a recent auto burglary charge against him, Williams said. He was arrested and charged on two counts of felony malicious mischief, she said. His bail was set at $10,000 for each mischief charge and $20,000 for the auto burglary charge.

Eighteen complaints of vehicle and business windows being shot out with bb or pellet guns came in to the Vicksburg Police Department on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and Wednesday, Jan. 6. Twenty more reports were given on Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16. The reports came from various streets across town.

Vicksburg police Chief Walter Armstrong said he hopes the arrest will have copycats thinking twice.

“I hope this serves as a strong message to the community that this type of behavior will not be tolerated and individuals will be held accountable,” Armstrong said. “No one has the right to destroy something that belongs to someone else.”

He said in the city’s previous malicious mischief case this summer, information from the community helped police find their suspects. This time Armstrong chalked it up to “good old fashion police work from investigators who did not want this to go unsolved and found the missing pieces.”

He commended juvenile investigators Tommy Curtis and Ronnie Ingram for their intense investigation of the incidents and their willingness to bring closure to the families affected by the crimes.

“I’m grateful for their leadership and professionalism,” Armstrong said.

Warren County also dealt with malicious mischief incidents in August that damaged more than 50 vehicles. Monday the January grand jury indicted Devin Carey Parker and Dillon Shane Parker, 19, 2606 Old Highway 27, on nine counts of felony malicious mischief each. The trial is set for March.