LAFAYETTE, LA — Several students are facing criminal charges for their involvement in a prank called “Junior / Senior Wars.” Police have released information about the arrests with the hopes of preventing future damage.
“Lafayette Police encourage parents to speak with their high school age students regarding committing pranks,” Cpl. Paul Mounton, Lafayette Police Department, said. “If the person being pranked is not a willing participant and police are called, those responsible for the incident will be arrested.”
The first incident happened on Monday, Sept. 23 at roughly 9:17 p.m. Officers were called to a home located in the 300 block of Presbytere Parkway. When they arrived they discovered that the victim’s home had been shot with paint balls, causing damage to the windows.
Investigators learned that four high school students were responsible for the damage. They arrested Keegan McDowell, 17, and Logan Laborde, 17 and booked them both into the Lafayette Parish Prison for charges of Simple Criminal Damage to Property. Brentt House, 17, and a 16-year-old were also arrested, but were only issued a summons so he was not booked into parish prison.
But word about the arrests didn’t seem to distract students from continuing the prank.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, police responded to another case of vandalism. This time it was at a home located in the 100 block of Roclay Drive.
“The suspects vandalized the residence with toilet paper, eggs and flour,” Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department, said. “While investigating the incident officers were able to locate one suspect believed to be involved with the incident.”
Police arrested Antonio Jimenez, 17, and charged him with Simple Criminal Damage to Property. He too was booked into the Lafayette Parish Prison.
Officials say additional arrests for the second case are anticipated.
If convicted the teens could face a fine up to $500, or 6 months in prison, or both.
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