Kevin Lee Casey is accused of firing ball bearings at the passing traffic on an Illinois interstate, according to officials.
(Champaign County Jail)
A truck driver from Wisconsin, who admitted to using a slingshot and ball bearings to damage to vehicles on an Illinois interstate may be involved in similar incidents in the four states, officials said Monday.
Illinois State Police said in a news release that the 53-year-old Kevin Lee Casey of Janesville, Wis. it was Friday arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to property, aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery to a child.
“This research was really like finding a needle in a haystack,” Illinois State Police Investigative Commander Jason Henderson said at a press conference.
The authorities said that they have received 45 reports of vehicles that are damaged since March 30, but Casey’s costs relate to only four in Champaign County, Illinois. The 53-year-old permit to shoot at the vehicles while driving his semi-truck, according to The News-Gazette.
Authorities in Illinois said they have received 45 reports of vehicles damaged is, since 30 March.
(WCIA via NNS.)
One of these incidents took place on 3 May, when a 3-year-old boy was injured by broken glass. The driver in that case told authorities she heard a loud pop when something hit her minivan window, shocking, and spraying her son with glass.
“It is baffling that he is not a child, that he is not a child and that is as old as he is, do you think he would know better,” Jennifer Elam told WCIA.
Illinois State Police were able to capture Casey after troopers caught in him the act of using a slingshot to break the window of a van at the Interstate 74 on Friday, police said.
(WCIA via NNS)
Illinois State Police were able to capture Casey after troopers caught in him the act of using a slingshot to break the window of a van on Interstate 74 around 7 p.m., according to the WCIA. Officers pulled the 53-year-old about and found a slingshot and ball bearings in the truck.
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Henderson, while not giving specific details, said during a press conference that the investigators were able to determine in the majority of incidents took place on Wednesday and Friday, and that minivans were the typical target audience.
“We take these acts very seriously as they represent a clear and present danger to the public,” he said.
In addition to the damage reports in Champaign County, authorities said there were incidents in Vermilion, Piatt, and DeWitt counties in Illinois and also in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia.
Casey admitted to authorities that he shot at vehicles on a highway with a slingshot.
(WCIA via NNS)
Last week, two women told FOX59 their vehicles were struck while traveling on Interstate 65 in Boone County, Indiana.
“There was a loud bang, I felt something hit the side of my face,” driver Jessica Hill told FOX59. “I am sure that there is a scream there, because it was very surprising.”
Today I spoke to a woman who says that her driver’s side window smashed as they drove home from work on I-65, near mile marker 132. pic.twitter.com/8jHkrDZL32
— Gabby Gonzalez (@Gabby_Gonzalez) June 1, 2018
Casey previously spent 15 years in Wisconsin prison for the sexual abuse of a child, WCIA reported. The 53-year-old man appeared before the court on Monday, where bail is set at $2 million.
The authorities said that they are continuing to investigate related incidents in the other states to see if they can link to Casey.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed