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Hesperia man arrested on suspicion of throwing rocks, railroad spikes at cars

A 22 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of throwing rocks and railroad spikes at cars on the 15 Freeway near Hesperia, injuring several occupants and damaging at least eight vehicles, authorities said.

Jacob S. Witt was booked into Victor Valley jail on three felony counts of throwing substances at a vehicle and causing injury and four misdemeanor counts of throwing substances at a vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol received calls of vehicles being struck by debris at about 2 a.m. Saturday  and found five vehicles traveling southbound on the 15 that sustained damage from railroad spikes and two from rocks. Most of the damage was to the front windshield. One victim left the scene, intending to file a report later, said Officer Joaquin Zubieta. 

Two of the railroad spikes penetrated windshields, causing cuts to one man's face and neck. Another person was struck by glass in her eyes. And a boy received lacerations on his left leg. Information on the conditions of those hurt was not immediately available.

Officers found rocks and debris under the Union Pacific railroad tracks, where they discovered a still-cold can of Bud Light beer and footprints that they tracked to a residence in the 7400 block of Crown Heights Lane in Hesperia.

A resident said his son and several friends had been drinking beer at the home. Witt was interviewed and admitted to throwing rocks at cars, Zubieta said.

-- Carla Rivera

 
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