Two teens charged after accused of shooting paintballs at vehicles in Covington, police say

Alleghany Highlands News

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COVINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — Police charged two teenage boys from the Alleghany Highlands after they reportedly shot paintballs at two vehicles in Covington Saturday night.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, the Covington Police Department says officers responded to the area of South Durant Road and Totten Drive after a vehicle was reportedly shot at with a paintball gun.

When police arrived, they determined two separate vehicles had been hit with paintballs.

According to the department, two people were found in the woods near the incident, as well as a paintball gun with loaded with projectiles that were the same color as the paintballs that hit the vehicles.

Authorities say 18-year-old Rusty Allan Perkins of Covington, and 18-year-old Blake Evans Tinsley of Alleghany County, were charged for “shooting at or throwing missiles, etc., at train, car, vessel, etc.,” which is a felony suspense. In addition, both boys reportedly received two separate charges for the two vehicles involved.

Even though nobody was hurt and there was no significant property damage from this incident, police say it could have ended with a vehicle crash and/or serious injury or death.

If you have any information about this incident or any similar incidents, call the Covington Police Department at (540) 965-6333 or Detective Richard Baker at (540) 965-6339.

“We thank the citizens of Covington for their assistance in this matter as we strive to provide a safe environment for all those that live, work and play in our community, as well as the many visitors to our fine city,” the Covington Police Department said in Monday’s statement.

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