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Police: Seven cars hit by rocks near Leesville Road

Posted December 7, 2016

— Seven people driving near Hickory Grove Church and Leesville roads in Raleigh on Tuesday night reported having rocks, and possible other objects, thrown at their vehicles.

According to Raleigh police, two of the victims were treated at the scene by EMS for injuries sustained from broken glass. All of the incidents happened shortly after 10 p.m.

Teresa Padgett and her 10-year-old daughter were driving on Stickland Road when something hit the front grill of the car.

"It was very loud. It sounded big. I didn't stop because it was dark," she said. "I drove home and got my husband and we drove back. We found the rock and called the police."

Police said several of the incidents happened at Hickory Grove Church Road and Amoretto Way.

"It instantly scares you to death ‘cause you didn't know what it was," said Catherine Williams, whose car was also damaged.

Williams, 72, was driving with her granddaughter on Ray Road when a rock hit the hood of her car.

"It's well over a foot long on the hood. The hood will have to be replaced," she said.

Victims are thankful it wasn't worse.

"We're very lucky," Padgett said.

Tuesday night's incidents are similar to those reported in August in the same general area, police said.

No arrests have been made in connection with Tuesday’s incidents, or the incidents in August.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.


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  • Andrew Vincent Dec 8, 2016
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    My post was removed because it violated the TOS I guess. You're right, though, Anita. A whipping doesn't solve the problem of disrespectful children. I suppose my comment was made in frustration that these fools will likely never be found, but I certainly hope their wicked behavior stops before (like JJ Parker said) they hit the wrong car and somebody takes justice in their own hands. Or even worse, somebody gets seriously hurt or killed because of these stupid actions.

  • Jj Parker Dec 8, 2016
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    I'm hoping these kids read these comments as well as see it on the news and learn very quickly (like yesterday) that their actions have caused a lot of damage and fear.

    It is reckless immature and eventually escalates into someone getting seriously hurt or even killed.

    You think you're getting away with it by running away or hiding after hitting a car then doing it again.

    You're going to hit the wrong car and the police, court system and parents are going to be the least of your worries.

    Parents that have the apps on there children's phones that track the whereabouts of them need to see if it was them. If you don't have the app. Get it!!

  • Anita Gibson Dec 7, 2016
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    My dad never laid a hand on me. He was a police officer and everyone knew us. He didn't have to whip me to make me mind...I loved and respected my dad so much. He always taught me right from wrong and the fact that I knew what NOT to do. Before I left the house he would say "Don't disgrace me". Those 3 words carried more weight than any whipping ever would have. I never got into trouble, grew up, went to college, and followed him into law enforcement. I raised my child the same way he raised me, and now my 11 year old grandson. Neither of them have ever caused trouble. You can spank them all day long but if they lack respect for themselves and others it does absolutely no good. They obviously don't have enough work to occupy their idle little hands.

  • James Hicks Dec 7, 2016
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    On Halloween night this year, a group of three kids threw something at my car from the island in the middle of the road. I barely saw them but they went running across the street after I had passed. It might have just been an egg but I never saw where it hit the car. You're looking for a group of three teenage males and they range from this location to the intersection of Leesville rd and Millbrook, right by Pleasant Valley.

  • Robin Duff Dec 7, 2016
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    Wouldn't it be nice if these people (and others like them) decided to spend their time volunteering with some non-profit organization or practicing random acts of kindness? Seems like they could just as easily do good.