Leroy N. Soetoro
2018-06-13 22:27:13 UTC
A truck driver from Wisconsin who admitted to using a slingshot and ball
bearings to damage vehicles on an Illinois interstate may be involved in
similar incidents across four states, officials said Monday.
Illinois State Police said in a news release that 53-year-old Kevin Lee
Casey, of Janesville, Wis., was arrested Friday on suspicion of criminal
damage to property, aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated
battery to a child.
"This investigation was truly like finding a needle in a haystack,"
Illinois State Police Investigative Commander Jason Henderson said at a
Authorities said they have received 45 reports of vehicles being damaged
since March 30, but Casey's charges relate to just four in Champaign
County, Illinois. The 53-year-old admitting to shooting at the vehicles
while driving his semi-truck, according to The News-Gazette.
One of those incidents took place on May 3, when a 3-year-old boy was
injured by broken glass. The driver in that case told authorities she
heard a loud pop when something hit her minivan window, shattering it and
spraying her son with glass.
"It's very mind-boggling that he wasn't a kid, that he wasn't a kid and
that as old as he is, you think he would know better," Jennifer Elam told
Illinois State Police were able to capture Casey after troopers caught in
him the act of using a slingshot to shatter the window of a minivan on
Interstate 74 around 7 p.m., according to WCIA. Officers pulled the 53-
year-old over and found a slingshot and ball bearings inside his truck.
Henderson, while not giving specific details, said during a news
conference that investigators were able to determine most incidents took
place on Wednesdays and Fridays, and that minivans were the typical
"We take these acts very seriously as they represent a clear and present
danger to the public," he said.
In addition to the damage reports in Champaign County, authorities said
there were incidents reported in Vermilion, Piatt, and DeWitt Counties in
Illinois, and also in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia.
Last week, two women told FOX59 their vehicles were struck while traveling
on Interstate 65 in Boone County, Indiana.
There was a loud bang I felt something hit the side of my face, driver
Jessica Hill told FOX59. Im sure there was a scream in there because it
was very startling.
Yesterday, we told you about police investigating what's causing serious
damage to cars on a stretch of I-65:
We've learned LPD received two more reports about issues on I-65 since
Today, I talked to one woman who says her drivers side window was
shattered as she drove home from work on I-65, near mile marker 132.
12:43 PM - Jun 1, 2018 · Zionsville, IN
Casey previously spent 15 years in a Wisconsin jail for sexually
assaulting a child, WCIA reported. The 53-year-old appeared before a judge
on Monday, where bail was set at $2 million.
Authorities said they are continuing to investigate related incidents
across other states see if they can link them to Casey.
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