MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol is revealing more about its investigation into projectiles hitting vehicles on Highway 101.
The CHP Monterey held a press conference Friday afternoon.
“The boldness of the people responsible has significantly increased,” Commander Kyle Foster said.
According to the CHP, there have been 38 reported incidents involving cars traveling on State Route 156 and Highway 101 in the Prunedale area since February 2019. The last incident happened in October.
Four adults and one child have been hurt.
“People tell stories whether it's at a bar or restaurant something else. They like to share or brag about what they’ve accomplished or the things they’re doing. Please relay this information back to us because I cannot be more serious: we want to save a life,” Foster said.
The CHP said the projectile attacks are happening in the beginning and end of the work week with most incidents happening Monday, Thursday and Friday between 7 and 11 p.m.
“It appears their accuracy is improving, and it's specifically from the drivers side window,” Foster said.
Officers are asking the public for help finding the person or persons responsible. The person or persons responsible could be charged felony assault with a deadly weapon and if someone dies of an attack they could face second degree murder charges.
Concerned residents are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a suspect.
The CHP also said they believe the objects are the size of marbles are smaller, but aren't releasing any other information on what the objects could be.
The CHP is asking victims of the attacks to follow these four steps.
1. Proceed to a safe location and stop as soon as possible. Immediately call 911 and ask for the Highway Patrol
2.Stay in your vehicle and wait for CHP officers to arrive. Please do not disturb any physical evidence such as broken glass or any projectiles within your vehicle.
3. Please note the time of the incident as soon as possible. Keep an eye out for anything unusual at the time such as cars, trucks, motorcycles, or pedestrians nearby.
4. Please note the exact location of where it occurred such as a mile post marker, a freeway exit, an over crossing, or a local business.
If you hear or see any suspicious activity which could be related to these incident please call the Monterey CHP Office at (831) 770-8000 or call 911 if it is an emergency.