CRIME ALERT: Teens admit to throwing rocks at cars, shattering windows

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Two local teens are accused of a dangerous and potentially deadly game, terrorizing passing drivers by hurling rocks at cars and shattering their windows.

WEAU 13 News has the inside story of how officers tracked down the teens.

It all went down Monday night in a neighborhood at North Hastings Way and Eddy Lane on Eau Claire’s north side.

The Eau Claire Police Department told WEAU two boys from Eau Claire, ages 13 and 15 are responsible for hiding along Hastings Way and throwing rocks at cars, but their night of crime didn’t stop there.

Justin Peterson said his drive home from work Monday night felt like any other, until he got past the intersection of North Hastings Way and Eddy Lane.

“I was driving home around 11. The next thing I know I hear a couple noises and my window is shattered,” Peterson said.

Stunned, the college student pulled over and found two holes in one of the back windows of his Chevrolet Blazer.

But he wasn’t the only one to be hit.

About ten minutes, later police said they got another call from a driver in the same area.

The caller said his front windshield was hit and shattered by an unknown object.

“One of the reporters indicated they may have been in the ditch area off the side of the road rather than above,” Eau Claire Police Officer Kyle Roder said.

Roder said officers were then hot on the trail.

“Officers were able to track the footprints in the snow to a residence on the north side of town where they located two juveniles, a 15 and 13 year old male,” Roder said.

Roder said the teens admitted to throwing rocks at the cars and on their way home, hurling a rock into the front window of a house on the 2900 block of Terry Lane.

“It's ridiculous that some kids would cause all these problems. I'm going to have to pay a couple hundred bucks for that just so they can have fun,” Peterson said.

Police said the teens’ parents may have to cover the cost of their kids’ rock-throwing crime spree.

“If you’re a parent, you need to teach your kids not to mess with drivers. It may seem fun but it may be dangerous and even deadly,” Roder said.

Police said the teens face multiple charges of criminal damage to property and their cases are going through Juvenile Court.


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  • by oldfashioned on Feb 23, 2012 at 04:29 AM
    WOW! I am AMAZED at the number of people/parents that are FOR disciplining kids for unacceptable behaviors, and couldnt agree more. When I was a kid there was a fear in me of getting a whoopin from Dad, just the thought kept us kids in line. Then, we also had teachers that were the back up team, who kept parents updated on our behavior, lack of attention to learn, and disobedience. WE answered for that call! As parents it is OUR responsibility to teach respect, manners, honesty, right from wrong behaviors. Way too many parents think OUR ways of teaching are outdated, and abusive, thus do NOTHING! Everything is handed to these kids on a platter with nothing expected to earn those toys or privilidges. Another factor that plays a part in todays life is there is NOTHING for kids to do on the weekend to look forward to. No dances, no where fun to go to keep them busy and out of trouble. Kids seeking excitement out of boredom, turn to drugs, turn to hill jumping, drinking, and TROUBLE.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 06:41 AM in reply to oldfashioned
      Wow! Your post is so, so true. You are right about there being nothing for kids to do. There isn't a lot for adults that don't drink or like to be around people that are drinking to do either.
  • by dad on Feb 22, 2012 at 04:40 PM
    Bring back the belt....I know, I know...not a popular answer, but tell me...how's everything else been working?
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      by Fact on Feb 23, 2012 at 07:20 AM in reply to dad
      Actually juvenile crime rates have been closing in on a 20 year low as of late...........that's how everything else has been working
  • by B on Feb 22, 2012 at 07:24 AM
    Couldn't agree more with some of the posts below on discipline. Kids are not afraid of anything because they have the "child abuse" plea on their side. My question is what are 2 kids ages 15 and 13 doing up at 11 at night anyway? And some school districts want a 4 day week? I can see more of this happening if that occurs. So much for those dropping crime rates in Eau Claire.
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      by Sr on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:06 AM in reply to B
      Just a note regarding your linking a 4-day school week to this type of behavior: Say, What?? I'd love to see your reasoning on how a school day/week is linked to two juveniles being out AT 11PM, destroying property.
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        by C on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM in reply to Sr
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          by B on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:46 AM in reply to C
          Thank you C that is exactly what I was saying.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM in reply to Sr
        Are you blaming teachers now too. Ah, ha, ha. Just joking around folks.
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          by Jim on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:47 AM in reply to
          I'll blame the teachers for this. Whatever dicipline the kids get when home is not reinforced in schools the way it should be. They have your kids the majority of their waking day.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 06:39 AM
    Ok. My mind just doesn't work this way and never has even as a teen-ager. What could possibly be fun about throwing rocks at cars and houses? I cannot see what kind of enjoyment could possibly be gotten from this kind of behavior. What is "fun" about destroying other people's property?
  • by local Location: altoona on Feb 22, 2012 at 03:50 AM
    that is the problem kids do not fear the consiquences of doing anything now a days. there is nothing a parent can do to disipline a child without fear of being put up on child abuse, mental abuse.every kind of abuse the courts can come up with for the parents. a good old fashioned trip behind the woodshed is what would work for 99% of the kids now adays. take the cell phones,i pads, computers, electronic games away and make them functional humans again.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 05:51 AM in reply to local
      Agreed!
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      by challenger on Feb 22, 2012 at 09:06 AM in reply to local
      Or for thinking if they vote for people like Obama or Doyle that the government will provide and protect them from everything in life.
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        by Jay on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:01 AM in reply to challenger
        Ha - your cognitive dissonance must cause you headaches.
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          by but on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM in reply to Jay
          But challenger is correct.
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      by Me on Feb 22, 2012 at 09:38 AM in reply to local
      WELL SAID !!!!!!
  • by Suomynona on Feb 21, 2012 at 09:34 PM
    Discipline would be served if these were my kids. People wouldn't agree with my tactics but these 2 would NEVER do this again.
    It's too bad the fine line between discipline and child abuse is so easily manipulated. A leather belt in the right hands is the best justice.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 05:50 AM in reply to Suomynona
      Agreed!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 06:41 AM in reply to Suomynona
      Isn't that the truth. And they teach them so young to turn their parents in now. (NOTE: I am not talking about children that ARE being abused. I'm talking about the one's that use the "I will turn you in for abuse unless you buy me_______" kind.)
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM in reply to Suomynona
      The last time I got the belt, was also the first time and it's been decades since then.
  • by anonymous Location: Eau Claire on Feb 21, 2012 at 08:25 PM
    What ever happened to eggs, tomatoes and snowballs?...not that that was right to do, but it seems kids can't draw the line anymore. Before you jump all over me, I'm not saying eggs, tomatoes and snowballs are right.
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      by Me being Here on Feb 22, 2012 at 05:06 AM in reply to anonymous
      I understand what you're saying. It's the blatant disregard for the damage they are causing that frustrates. Broken windshields can't be mended by a $10 car wash.
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        by anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 05:43 AM in reply to Me being Here
        Exactly, thanks for understanding what I was saying.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM in reply to anonymous
      Those eggs did plenty of damage when the sun came up!
  • by CS Location: Rusk County on Feb 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
    Aw come on now. Just give them a time out and tell them not to do it again. Maybe there should be a Response to Intervention written up on them so that their behavior can be tracked as well. If I would have done something like this when I was that age, I probably wouldn't be sitting yet, even after 40 years.
  • by Teri on Feb 21, 2012 at 03:54 PM
    Hopefully Mom and Dad will MAKE them pay the drivers...AND have extra work around the house. This is an excellant teaching oppurtunity for them. Use it.
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      by Nan on Feb 21, 2012 at 04:28 PM in reply to Teri
      really like your idea, of making the teenagers pay for their stupid mistakes. Maybe they could set them up to paint a few 1 story houses this summer receiving no pay for it. I also think the court system should also make it so these two teenagers of 15, and 13 years old shouldn't be allowed to get their drivers license until they're 21 years old. That would make them, along with other teenagers think about what they did. Hopefully others learn from these teenagers mistakes, and don't try some of the same stupid things.
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      by Gary on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:33 PM in reply to Teri
      hopefully the DA will prosecute them instead of a slap on the wrist
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      by me on Feb 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM in reply to Teri
      Along with making the kids pay the drivers, I would hope the parents would make the kids write (not type) an apology letter to each driver stating what they had done and why it is wrong.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM in reply to Teri
      Would be nice but probably not. Now days parents seem to bail their kids out of everything, I am even guilty of doing that and not proud of it either.
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      by C on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:28 AM in reply to Teri
      Without question they should HAVE to pay for what they did. Juvenile court is a complete JOKE. All they make kids do is community service and write letters of apology...a total waste of time. They need to be punished in a way that will actually have an impact. Like Nan said...no drivers license until 21. Parents coddle their kids and justify their behavior with things like..."well, we were young once too" or "boys will be boys" etc. START PUNISHING!!!!!!!
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        by Gary on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:17 PM in reply to C
        totally agree! cops have even used those same phrases with me about kids- there is a growing problem in EC
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      by pjll on Feb 22, 2012 at 09:57 AM in reply to Teri
      Yes-these kids should have to pay for the damages that have done. Sell some of their "toys" Plus a trip to the wood shed (always worked for me. Both sides of that fence) I think there is some kind of boot camp experience for juveniles-isn't there?
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