UPDATE: Police Arrest One Suspect Involved in St. Cloud Car Vandalism
ST. CLOUD - St. Cloud Police have arrested the primary suspect who allegedly damaged 10 vehicles in town.
At 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, a St. Cloud Police Sergeant recognized 21-year-old Noah Farrell of St. Cloud as the suspect from the surveillance video, having recently dealt with him on an unrelated matter.
Farrell admitted to the vandalism, saying he wasn't targeting anyone and that he was returning home and intoxicated during the incident. He was arrested and taken to Stearns County Jail for charges of felony criminal damage to property.
A few hours after his arrest, a Facebook profile apparently belonging to Farrell made the surveillance photo his cover picture (Photo below).
The investigation remains active as police continue to search for the second suspect involved in the vandalism.
The incidents happened in two different locations early on Sunday morning. The vandalism involved vehicles being hit with a large object, smashing the windows and causing body damage.
The first call came in just before 8:00 a.m. in the 1900 block of Quarry Road. Officers responded and found three vehicles parked in the road that were damaged.
The second call came in just before 8:15 in the 2900 block of Quarry Road, which was an apartment parking lot. Seven more vehicles were damaged in the lot.
Officers were able to obtain video of the suspects from the second location. The video shows a dark colored vehicle, without headlights on, slowly drive through the area and then exit the parking lot. Two suspects are then seen coming from the area where the car was last seen, with one carrying what looks like a sledgehammer. They then damaged the vehicles in what appears to be a random fashion.
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