What to Know
- A woman described the confusion after her car window suddenly smashed as she drove along a New Jersey road.
- There have been at least two other recent incidents of rocks being thrown at cars.
- After the most recent incident, Medford Township police arrested a boy.
Macy Kemble jumped in her car for a short ride home from work last Thursday.
She was driving along Tuckerton Road near Cheyenne Trail in Medford Lakes, New Jersey, around 6:30 p.m. when a rock suddenly smashed through her passenger side window and struck her right arm.
“My window shattered all over me,” Kemble said. “I initially thought an animal came through because I didn’t see anything. There was just glass everywhere.”
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Kemble told NBC10 she was too scared to get out and see what hit her.
“I was about five minutes from home,” she said. “I just death gripped the steering wheel and was like, ‘Get home. Get home. Get home.’”
When Kemble arrived home, her father found a rock in the backseat of her vehicle.
Kemble reported the incident to police and soon learned she wasn’t alone. On Feb. 4 at 7:20 p.m. a family of four was inside a vehicle traveling along Tuckerton Road in Medford, New Jersey, when a rock smashed into their backseat window. No one was hurt during that incident. The family pulled over and called police.
Police believe both cases are related. They also said they could’ve been much worse.
“You’ve seen cases nationally where people have thrown objects at vehicles and caused major tragedies where multiple lives are lost,” Medford Police Lt. Art Waterman. “Overpasses, things of that nature. This is along the same lines. We cannot tolerate that type of behavior.”
Kemble said she spent $250 on repairs.
“My biggest thing is I just want them to be caught,” she said. “It could be a lot more dangerous than it was for me.”
On Thursday, Medford Township Police Chief Rich Meder said that another driver's car was struck by a rock Wednesday night. After that incident, officers found group of children "younger than teens" and arrested a boy.
Police said the boy appears to be responsible for all three attacks. He was turned over to his parents.
Investigators said there may have been additional incidents and are encouraging anyone who had an object thrown at their vehicle while on Tuckerton Road to come forward.
If you have any information on the incidents, please call Medford Police or Medford Lakes Police.