19-Year-Old Charged for Smashing Car Windows

by | Jul 13, 2020

Police have charged a 19-year-old East Greenwich man with five counts of misdemeanor vandalism after he admitted to throwing rocks through car windows in the early morning hours of June 18.

According to the police report, the man said he was walking home drunk from a friend’s house and decided to throw rocks at car windows. Residents on Ledge Road, Knollwood Drive, Kenyon Avenue and Cedar Avenue all reported broken car windows.

The man said he acted alone and that if he’d been with his friends, they would have convinced him not to do it. He said he had chosen the cars at random. One of the rocks recovered by the police had blood on it. The man said he cut his hand while retrieving a rock from inside one of the cars.

He said he felt very remorseful the next day and wanted to pay restitution and said he hoped he could avoid charges. The victims, however, said they wanted him to be charged. He was processed at the station and given a District Court summons.

Victims were asked to drop off invoices for the damaged windows to police for restitution.


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7 Comments

  1. Richard Collette

    He’s an adult. You’re not going to report the name?

    Reply
    • Elizabeth McNamara

      That is correct. We do not report names unless it is a felony offense.

      Reply
  2. Pobs

    Where is his name? Over 18. I’ve had my name in the “paper” for a lot less then his crime. Why do you consistently protect the criminals?

    Reply
    • Elizabeth McNamara

      We do not condone what happened. People are innocent until proved guilty. But the main reason we don’t use names is that online is very different than print. Something posted here will be picked up by dozens of obscure outlets and will live forever. Even if, say, he is proved innocent and we revise the story or delete it altogether, it will live on in these other places. Printing names for misdemeanor offenses did not seem responsible in that context. We made the decision that unless it was a felony offense, we would not post names. With felonies, we could at least follow up and report what happened AFTER the arrest.

      Reply
      • Peter EG

        I appreciate your stance here Elizabeth and agree with you. On another note, would love to see a follow-up article to the EG companies that received PPP loans…

        Reply
        • Elizabeth McNamara

          I will try to do some more reporting on the PPP loans. Thanks for the comment.

          Reply
  3. Janet Z. Carter

    The article also says he was drunk. He is not of legal drinking age. Who supplied the alcohol? That individual should also face charges.

    Reply

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