California Man (81) Arrested After Decade-Long Slingshot Attacks on Neighbors

California Man (81) Arrested After Decade-Long Slingshot Attacks on Neighbors
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In a bizarre case, police in Azusa, Cal­i­for­nia, have arrest­ed an 81-year-old man sus­pect­ed of ter­ror­iz­ing his neigh­bor­hood with a sling­shot for near­ly a decade. 

The sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as Prince Ray­mond King, was appre­hend­ed after a raid on his res­i­dence uncov­ered a sling­shot and numer­ous ball bear­ings believed to be used in the attacks.

For years, res­i­dents of the qui­et Azusa neigh­bor­hood lived in fear. Dozens report­ed dam­aged cars, shat­tered win­dows, and close calls with pro­jec­tiles launched from a sling­shot. Despite numer­ous reports, the cul­prit remained a mys­tery until the Azusa Police Depart­men­t’s Direct­ed Enforce­ment Unit took on the case.

“The motive seems to be mali­cious mis­chief,” said Lt. Jake Bushey of the Azusa Police Depart­ment. “The cul­prit evad­ed iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for years, allow­ing the attacks to continue.”

The raid on King’s $640,000 home yield­ed an “arse­nal” of ammu­ni­tion and the sling­shot believed to be the weapon used in the attacks. The inves­ti­ga­tion sug­gests the attacks orig­i­nat­ed from both King’s garage and anoth­er undis­closed loca­tion with­in the neighborhood.

Neigh­bors expressed a mix of shock and relief at the arrest. Many had long sus­pect­ed King, but final­ly see­ing him appre­hend­ed brought a sense of closure.

“I’d often find ball bear­ings near my doorstep,” said one res­i­dent. “I’m glad they final­ly caught him.”

King faces felony and mis­de­meanor van­dal­ism charges. He was released on recog­ni­zance but barred from return­ing to his home and pos­sess­ing any weapons, includ­ing slingshots. 

The 81-year-old is due back in court for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on June 17th, mark­ing a poten­tial end to this bizarre ordeal for the Azusa community.

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