2 Fayetteville men facing 50 charges each after 40 cars have windows shot out

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Two 19-year-old men are facing 50 charges each in connection with acts of vandalism that occurred in a two-week span in January and February, police announced Friday.

Officers arrested and charged Fayetteville residents Jackie Booker, Jr., and Richard Sumter in connection with 50 vandalism incidents that occurred inside the city.

Booker and Sumter are both charged with 50 counts of damage to personal property and conspiracy.

The charges are tied to incidents that occurred between Jan. 21 and Feb. 8, police said. In that period of time, police investigated more than two dozen reports involving 40 cars having their windows shattered by pellet guns.

The vandalism took place “primarily in and around the Devonwood neighborhood,” police said.

CBS 17 spoke with a resident in the area on Monday when police first released information about the crimes.

“There was a hole in it like someone had shot it,” Chris Johnston said. He said his cousin’s car window was damaged outside his home, so they called the police.

Then, as his cousin was preparing to leave, it happened again.

“They heard a couple pops and then they saw a car speeding by. It popped again in front of our house, and then two doors down it popped again and they heard the glass break,” Johnston said.

He added that there is a heavy presence of retired military members in the neighborhood.

“There are a lot of retired veterans here. There are a lot of disabled veterans here. There’s no amusement in that. You know these are people that honorably served our country, and they deserve a little bit more respect and deserve peace of mind in their home,” Johnston said.

The two teens are being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on $68,000 secured bonds each.

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