Four people are in custody after bricks were thrown at moving vehicles from a red SUV in Worcester Saturday, causing at least one person to suffer serious injuries, police said.
The incidents happened late Saturday afternoon on the city's east side, Worcester police said in a statement. A 37-year-old man was struck in the face by a brick while driving eastbound on Plantation Street, officials said, causing "very serious, permanent injuries." He was transported to an area hospital; no update has been given on his condition.
“You see the people, you see their car, and you throw a brick at their head, it’s personal, and a horrific crime,” said Lt. Sean Murtha.
Other incidents involving the red SUV, which police suspect was stolen, were reported along Jefferson, Waverly and Grafton streets and Blithewood Avenue.
“That’s sad that people do that kind of stuff,” said Wendy Dileo, who lives nearby. “It’s unnecessary.”
“It’s just awful, things like that shouldn’t happen,” another resident Rick Labak said.
Police were searching for the red SUV believed responsible for the brick-throwing, ultimately arresting four people, all juveniles 16 years old or younger. Upon pulling the vehicle over, two male suspects fled on foot while two female suspects remained in the car, police said.
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All four juveniles are facing numerous charges, including aggravated assault by means of a dangerous weapon, mayhem, conspiracy, use of a motor vehicle without authority, throwing missiles at a train or bus, malicious damage to a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. In addition, one of the male suspects, aged 16, was charged with unlawful carrying of a dangerous weapon (brass knuckles).
The suspects will be arraigned at a later date in court, officials said. It is unclear if they have attorneys.