3 Valpo teen vandals face charges
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent November 5, 2012 12:38PM
Updated: November 5, 2012 9:59PM
VALPARAISO — The homeowners who caught three teen vandals were going to let it go as long as it never happened again. But when two of the juveniles told police they were battered, unprovoked, while walking past the house, all three were charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief.
The police report did not indicate the juveniles were injured, and their parents told officers they did not want to pursue charges against the homeowners for the rough handling of the teens.
The suspects, two age 15 and one age 16, all of Valparaiso, told police they snuck out at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
The victims of the vandalism, who live in the 1100 block of Chicago Street and also are friends with the father of one of the suspects, told police they heard a loud banging on their door at about 1 a.m. and saw a pumpkin smashed on their porch and three juveniles running. They pursued and caught two of the boys, who also allegedly sprayed purple hair color on the victim’s pickup and dented the front door of the house. The female homeowner admitted grabbing one boy by the hood of his sweatshirt, police said, and the male homeowner admitted shoving one of the boys down while yelling at them.
They then let the juveniles go and called one of their parents. When police were called about the alleged battery, the officer was able to listen to the message left by the female homeowner at about 1:45 a.m., saying the juveniles were vandalizing their property and they would contact the police if it happened again.