11/01/2007

N.Y. paintball shooters targeted police cruiser

By Joseph Mallia
Newsday

SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y. — Three Middle Island teens were arrested Halloween night for shooting paintballs at a passing Suffolk County police car -- a marked cruiser driven by an on-duty officer -- hitting the driver's side window twice, police said.

The fusillade of paintballs hit the patrol car on Currans Road in Middle Island at 7:06 p.m. Wednesday, and the three were soon found by assisting officers in a nearby parking lot and were arrested.

They had three paintball guns and several hundred paintballs at the time of their arrest, the police said.

The three were hiding in the wooded lot off of Currans Road when they fired paintball guns and hit a vehicle.

The police officer was not injured in the incident.

Seventh Squad detectives charged Alexander Martoscia, 17, of 116 Fieldstone Ct. in Middle Island, and the two 15-year-old juveniles with one count each of reckless endangerment and prohibited use of weapons.

Martoscia was released on station house bail and will be arraigned at a later date. The two juveniles were released and will appear in Family Court at a later date.

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