Dozens of rock-throwing attacks reported on I-35 in Austin

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | 2/9/2016

Fifty-four rock-throwing attacks have been reported along Interstate 35 in Austin, Texas, during the past year, according to the Austin Police Department.

The attacks haven’t led to any fatalities but have caused several injuries, as well as damage to vehicles.

Members of the Austin Police Department were scheduled to meet with the Texas Department of Transportation on Tuesday, Feb. 9, to discuss the issue.

“The fact that there hasn’t been a death – I think we are just lucky at this point,” Assistant Police Chief Chris McIlvain told KXAN-TV. “This kind of crime, it’s extremely serious, and we take it as seriously as someone trying to kill somebody.”

Police believe the rocks are coming from moving vehicles on the opposite side of the highway.

Officer Rheannon Cunningham said the department suggests that vehicles stay on the outside lanes when traveling along I-35 in Austin to decrease the chances of being hit by a rock.

In January, the Austin Police Department and the Greater Austin Crime Commission announced they were offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the attacks.

“We ask that if anyone sees anything that they call 911 as soon as possible,” Cunningham said. “If truck drivers are in that area and they see something, we ask that they call us as soon as possible. That would be a great thing.”

The Austin Police Department requests that victims call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so and not wait until they get home so that officers can begin gathering evidence as quickly as possible.

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