A couple of broken windows and a soldier who's been in combat in Iraq led police to two Fort Mill boys accused of shooting out windows of passing cars on Springfield Parkway with BB guns.
The boys, 11 and 13 face charges of malicious injury to property less than $1,000, according to Fort Mill Police Capt. Bryan Zachary. Police said the alleged incident occurred Friday, Oct. 10.
It is the policy of the Fort Mill Times not to identify juveniles charged with crimes. The two are not related but both live on the same street, according to a police report.
Rebecca Zawadzki, a Fort MIll native and her fiancee, Matthew Bailey, a jump master with the 82nd Airborne, were heading east on Springfield Parkway around 9 p.m. that night when the driver side window in Zawadzki's truck exploded inward showering her in glass.
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"It scared me to death," she said. "I had just rolled up the window."
At first she thought a rock had flown up off the road and hit the window, but Bailey saw something moving in the grass near the side of the road and thought otherwise. Zawadzki pulled off the road at the Anne Springs Close Greenway Field Trial Barn entrance and Bailey jumped out of the truck and chased someone, eventually cornering him in some bushes. It turned out to be one of the boys later arrested. He had a high powered BB gun with a sniper scope, according to Zawadzki.
The couple, who live in Fayetteville, N.C., near Fort Bragg, where Bailey is stationed, called 911 and Fort Mill Police officers responded. Officers charged the two boys and took them to the Fort Mill Police Department.
Just minutes before Zawadzki's truck was hit, Craig Basset was traveling down Springfield Parkway with his wife and young daughter in the family mini-van. A BB hit the side door window of the van, leaving a spider web of cracks and a small hole. Basset's wife was driving at the time, his daughter was in the back seat.
"It sounded like a cherry bomb went off in the car," Basset said. "It's traumatized my little girl. She's afraid to drive down (Springfield Parkway) now for fear it will happen again."
Basset called the York County Sheriff's Office once he got home to report the damage.
"I would love to thank the other guy that used his 13 years in the service to catch them," Basset said. "Parents need to stop giving their kids dangerous toys."
The boys allegedly admitted to shooting both cars, according to the Fort Mill Police report. The boys could have also faced assault and battery charges but through consultation with the York County Solicitors office the damage to property charges were the only ones filed.