ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Authorities have released the name and mugshot of the third suspect arrested in connection with water jugs being thrown at vehicles traveling on highways in Ascension Parish.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported James McCormack, 17, of Prairieville, was initially identified only as a juvenile, but 17 is considered an adult in criminal cases, so his name and picture have been made public. The other two suspects were identified as Layne Goodman, 18, of Gonzales, and Chance Lambert, 19, of Prairieville. They were all arrested Saturday.
Each suspect is charged with three counts of aggravated criminal damage to property. Judge Jessie Leblanc set bond at $105,000 for each suspect. They all remained in jail as of Monday night. Investigators said there could have been deadly results from water jugs hitting the vehicles. They added additional charges may be forthcoming.
According to APSO, a woman was driving on LA 44 near Rustling Oak subdivision on August 17 around 11:30 p.m. when her vehicle was hit by an unknown object, resulting in a loud noise. Deputies said the woman discovered water dripping from the vehicle and the driver's side mirror was broken when she inspected the damage.
Officials said 10 days later, a driver reported a similar incident on LA 621 near Mire Road around 9 p.m. According to reports, the driver said there was an oncoming vehicle with its bright lights on and then object flew out of it. Authorities said the object shattered the windshield and the driver was injured by the glass. Investigators reported finding a one gallon water jug at the scene and determined it had caused the damage.
Deputies said about 30 minutes after that incident, a vehicle traveling on LA 933 near Magnolia Run was hit by an object that caused an explosion-like sound upon impact. They added the vehicle had damage to the front quarter panel on the drivers side. Again, investigators reported finding a one gallon water jug at the scene.
Sheriff Jeff Wiley said with assistance from the public, detectives were able to develop "sufficient reasonable suspicion" to question the three suspects and they were later arrested.