An East Central City man faces numerous criminal charges for allegedly terrorizing his neighborhood with a paint-ball gun.
On Feb. 19, Alex Smith told police he had been in-line skating at 1062 S. 1000 East when two young men got out of a small car and started firing paint balls at him, according to 3rd District Court charges filed Friday. Smith was struck in the left eye and in the back.Smith was treated at the University of Utah Moran Eye Center for severe blunt trauma to the eye. According to Dr. Paul Bernstein, the injury has jeopardized Smith's sight and will require surgery, leaving only a 50-50 chance of complete recovery, the charges state.
On March 1, nine other individuals in the East Central City area reported being hit by paint balls on different parts of the body. Many said they saw a black tube sticking out of the driver's window of a passing car.
Salt Lake police officer H. Gordon stopped the car at 812 S. 500 East and arrested a male driver and an 18-year-old male passenger, who had paint balls in his pockets. The officer also found a paint-ball gun under the front passenger seat.
Both individuals admitted to police that they and a third man had bought a container of paint balls and had been driving around "shooting at things," the charges state.
The 18-year-old man was charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault and nine counts of third-degree felony aggravated assault. He was released from the Salt Lake County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.