Five other suspects – in addition to two already arrested – have been questioned in connection with last week’s BB gun vandalism shooting spree in Abilene.
On Monday, Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said more than 100 BB cases have been reported with damages totaling at least $20,000.
“We have found those persons responsible and they will be held responsible,” Standridge said during a news conference at the Law Enforcement Center.
Two Abilene teens have been charged with criminal mischief in connection with the shooting spree: Taquan Brown, 17, and Jarron Barnett, 17.
Three vehicles are linked to the incidents, Standridge said.
Standridge was firm on the severity of the situation, saying that the shooting spree “is not a prank, [it] is an act of vandalism.”
Barnett was arrested Friday night after he was found at his home, along with the suspected vehicle involved in the crimes. When police arrived, Barnett gave them permission to search the car. Four BB guns along with loose BBs were found.
When brought in for questioning, Barnett admitted to being the driver for the BB gun shootings on Tuesday while three others shot car windows out. He was booked into the Taylor County Jail on Friday with bond set at $2,500. Barnett has since been released.
According to arrest reports, Brown was a “person of interest” in the investigation and agreed to be questioned by Abilene Police. A written statement says he admitted to being in a truck with others while driving around and shooting out windows.
Brown was booked into the Taylor County Jail on $2,500 bond, but he has since been released.