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Projectile suspect arrested in Nipomo, charged with 9 felony counts

Posted at 12:41 PM, Jan 24, 2020

The suspect in the projectile attacks in Monterey and San Benito counties was arrested this week in Nipomo.

According to NBC affiliate KSBW-TV, Charles Lafferty's permanent address is in Nipomo in San Luis Obispo County where search warrants were served Wednesday. CHP investigators and the Monterey County Sheriff's Office say search warrants were also served in Monterey County.

Monterey County District Attorney, Jeannine Pacioni announced Friday that 52-year-old Lafferty has been charged with nine felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

These incidents involved Lafferty firing projectiles at nine different vehicles driving on Monterey County highways between Nov. 2019 and Jan. 2020, according to CHP investigators.

Since Feb. of 2019, there have been a total of 69 reported incidents of projectiles striking vehicles in the Prunedale area and in San Benito County. Five people suffered minor injuries from broken glass.

The CHP says Lafferty used a slingshot and marbles to strike vehicles traveling on those highways.

Lafferty was set to be arraigned Friday at 1:30 p.m. The District Attorney expects to file additional charges by Monday.