After slingshot-wielding vandal shattered glass in Azusa for years, 81-year-old suspect is arrested

An 81-year-old man was arrested for allegedly vandalizing property for a decade.
An 81-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of vandalizing property in Azusa using a slingshot. (Azusa Police Department)

For nearly a decade, authorities say, an unknown vandal shattered windows and windshields on North Enid Avenue in Azusa.

The weapon of choice: a slingshot.

After learning of the “quality of life” problem on the 900 block of the street, the Azusa Police Department's Directed Enforcement Unit launched an investigation into the incidents and served search warrants throughout the neighborhood.

"Dozens of citizens were being victimized by a serial slingshot shooter," the police said in a statement.

On Thursday, police arrested a suspect: 81-year-old Prince King of Azusa. Authorities say they found ball bearings and a slingshot in his residence and believe he vandalized his neighbors' property.

It was not immediately clear what the motive might have been, or when police launched their investigation.

King is being held at Men's Central Jail, custody records show. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.