LANCASTER, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Two 17-year-olds have been arrested after deputies said the two used a slingshot and metal pellets to shatter windows in vehicles and homes in Lancaster County.
Dylan Michael Farrell and Haven Chance Mangum were arrested on Friday, April 12. Each is charged with malicious injury to personal property under $2,000 for the following eight incidents:
- The kitchen window of a home on Tradesville Road was damaged on March 19 a little after 9:30 p. m. A small metal ball was found at the scene.
- Around 1 a. m. on March 24 the front windshield of a 2019 Freightliner tractor trailer truck was broken as the truck traveled on Pageland Highway.
- The windshield of another 2019 Freightliner truck also traveling on Pageland highway was struck between 12:30 and 1 a. m. on March 26.
- Earlier the same night a living room window at a residence on Pink Plyler Road was damaged, and a small steel ball was found at the home.
- On March 27 between 3 and 7 p. m. the back windshield of a 2007 Honda Accord was broken while the car was parked in the yard of a residence on Pink Plyler Road.
- Another back windshield of a parked 2004 Honda Accord was shot the night of March 31 or the early morning of April 1 at a residence on Tradesville Road.
- The glass in the front door of a nearby residence on Tradesville Road was broken at about the same time.
- The owner of a car dealership on Flat Creek Road reported that three vehicles on the lot were damaged the night of April 8. Front fenders on a 2017 Chevrolet Savanna, a 2014 Ford F-150 truck, and a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox had dents consistent with strikes from a small metal object, and another small steel ball was found at the scene.
Mangum is also charged in two separate earlier crimes. On Feb. 17 or the early morning of Feb. 18 the right rear window was shot out of a 2013 Honda CRV parked at a home on Shiloh Unity Road. Between 7 and 7:30 p. m. on Feb. 21 the left rear window was shot out of a 2012 Dodge Caravan traveling on Pageland Highway, deputies said.
Information from the public helped identify Farrell and Mangum as suspects. Both were released from the Lancaster County Detention Center on personal recognizance bonds of $2,000 each.
“While this might seem like prankish behavior by teenagers, we took it very seriously here at the sheriff’s office,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “Although the damage was limited to property, someone could have been seriously injured or killed by the actions of these men. Metal pellets launched by a slingshot can cause injury, and anything fired at an occupied moving vehicle can cause the driver to lose control and crash. We have seen this occur many times in other places. I hope these two now realize that and have learned a lesson."