More than 70 cars shot with BB guns in Arlington

Two young men drove around north Arlington County shooting out car windows with BB guns Sunday, police said, in a string of vandalism that left more than 70 cars damaged.

The attacks occurred in the early morning, Arlington police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said.

A resident of the 1800 block of North Lexington Street called police at 4:30 a.m. to report shooting noises.

Police found a silver Chevy sedan nearby with two young men inside: 19-year-old Antonio Lopez and 20-year-old Christopher Albrant. Inside the car were two pistol-style BB guns and numerous BBs. Lopez also had a .40-caliber handgun, Sternbeck said.

“It feels very mean-spirited and to no point other than to do damage, and that to me is really disappointing and sad,” said Melinda George, who lives about a half-mile from where the suspects were caught. “It’s disheartening.”

George discovered Sunday morning that two of her family’s cars had been hit, leaving her with three windows to replace.

Lopez and Albrant have been charged with multiple misdemeanors and one felony count of property destruction.

No injuries were reported in the attacks, according to Sternbeck, but reports are coming in of additional cars that were hit.

Rachel Weiner covers cops and courts in Arlington and Alexandria.
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