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Teen-agers caught red-handed

Rob Bhatt

South Lake Tahoe police on Monday arrested two juveniles believed responsible for a recent paint ball shooting spree.

A third possible suspect remains at large.

Authorities withheld the names of the two teen-agers who were arrested because they are minors. Both were cited and released to their parents.

Police cracked the case after escorting home a teen-ager linked to a rock throwing incident on Tata Lane.

The rock, thrown through an apartment window at 8:46 p.m., reportedly struck an occupant. The woman suffered a large bump on her head but declined ambulance transport, police reported.

Witnesses told police about youths they saw running from the area at about the same time the window was broken, said Police Sgt. Tom Conner.

While questioning other youths near the scene, an officer noticed that a teen-ager walking in the area matched the description of one of the rock throwing suspects.

This youth, 14, was questioned and identified as being present when the rock was thrown, although he denied actually throwing the rock himself.

An officer taking the boy to his home on Armstrong Avenue discovered several paint stains outside the house, Conner said.

This led to further questioning, and the teen-ager reportedly confessed to being involved in the paint ball shootings.

Police later questioned the 14-year-old suspect’s friend, who also reportedly confessed under questioning to shooting paint balls at businesses and motorists. The second suspect’s age could not be verified.

At least a handful of businesses or motorists have been fired upon by paint ball guns since Thursday in South Lake Tahoe. To date, no injury or significant property damage has been reported to police.

Police do not believe either of the suspects linked to the paint ball shootings actually threw the rock through the apartment window.

Further investigation is pending.


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