Brockton police arrested an 18-year-old New Bedford man Thursday on charges he fired paintballs at bystanders from a moving car July 9, police said. At least two other suspects remain at large.
Victor DosSantos was likely involved in at least three incidents July 9, including one in which a 12-year-old boy was hit in the left eye by a paintball on Ford Street. DosSantos was charged on Thursday in Brockton District Court with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a child 14 years old or younger, police said in a statement.
In the first reported incident, a woman was hit with a paintball around 11 a.m. on Summer Street. She was not injured, police said. The second and third reported incidents happened within minutes of each other later in the day.
Officers responded to the intersection of North Warren and Loucraft avenues shortly before 6 p.m. and talked to two males. One said he was struck by a paintball in the eye and the other said he was hit in the right arm. The victims said the paintballs came from a dark-colored car with four males inside, police said.
At around 6 p.m., officers responded to Ford Street for a report of assault and battery. Brewster Ambulance Service was treating a male victim when police arrived. The victim told officers that a dark-colored sedan had stopped near him and the occupants shot paintballs at him. One paintball hit him in the eye, police said.
Detectives are still looking for 20-year-old Djosue DosSantos and one other man. Police are asking that anyone with information on the incidents call the Brockton Police Detective Bureau at 508-941-0234.Andres Picon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon.