Broughton Students Charged in New Year's Day Vandalism Spree
Posted January 8, 2008 11:17 a.m. EST
Updated January 9, 2008 5:17 p.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Two Broughton High School students face more than seven dozen charges connected to a New Year's Day vandalism spree.
Raleigh police arrested Clifford Wellons Anderson and Logan Sloan Aronson, both 17, Tuesday and charged them with 89 counts of damaging and spray-painting vehicles, and breaking windows and smashing in mailboxes with a baseball bat.
The crimes occurred in the Carolina Country Club and Brookhaven areas of Raleigh near Rembert Drive and Carteret Street. Anderson, of 2114 Myrtle Avenue, and Aronson, of 6112 Chowning Court, live in the areas.
According to court records, damages to properties of more than 40 victims exceed $11,000.
In one case, another Broughton student and her boyfriend were injured.
Sarah Lane, 16, said she was taking her boyfriend home at about 1:30 a.m. New Year's Day when they saw someone smashing in car windows of parked vehicles.
"I was scared. I was really scared," she said. "So, I pulled over. I didn't want to get in a car chase."
That's when, Lane said, another car pulled up next to her and smashed in her back window. She suffered cuts to her back and her boyfriend suffered from a cut to his face.
Timothy Edwards, another victim, said he woke up at 3:20 a.m. after hearing a loud crash and found that someone had thrown a rock in his front window that crashed into his china cabinet.
"It is not a childish prank," he said. "It is very serious."
Anderson has been charged with 36 counts of injury to personal property, five counts of injury to real property and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Aronson faces 35 counts of injury to personal property, six counts of injury to real estate property, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of careless and reckless driving.
Both teens were out of jail early Tuesday evening under a $20,000 secured bond.
Michael Evans, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System, could not comment about the school status of either Anderson or Aronson.
He said the school system evaluates cases of student-involved crimes on an individual basis to determine whether they should be suspended or expelled from school.
In the past, students accused of committing similar crimes have been punished in this manner, Evans said.