Santa Cruz County authorities have arrested two male teenagers from Soquel who are suspected of slashing hundreds of car tires and dropping a large rock onto a passing car on state Highway 1. The suspects, a 16-year-old student at Wagner Cottage alternative school and a 15-year-old who attends Soquel High School, were arrested Friday on Orchard Street in Soquel on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism, sheriff’s Deputy April Skalland said. The two are suspected of using a knife to slash the tires of 89 cars on Feb. 3, Skalland said. One to four tires on each car were slashed.
On that same day, the two are believed to have thrown a large rock from an overpass onto Highway 1 in Soquel, Skalland said. The rock crashed through the windshield of a car and almost hit the driver. The driver was shaken but not injured, according to Skalland. The case against the pair includes video surveillance images, witness statements, social media information and written confessions, Skalland said. The damage from the slashed tires and the car hit by the rock is estimated at $50,000, she said.
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