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UPDATE: CHP announces arrest in case of projectiles hitting vehicles

69 incidents have been reported in Monterey and San Benito counties since Feb. 2019
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Posted at 11:03 AM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 07:18:26-05

UPDATE (11:25 p.m.) - According to NBC affiliate KSBW-TV, Charles Lafferty's permanent address is in Nipomo in San Luis Obispo County where search warrants were served.

CHP investigators announced in a press conference that its agency along with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office served search warrants in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties Wednesday.

Officers did not provide further details about Lafferty's Nipomo residence.

KSBY is working to learn more about Lafferty's connections to the Central Coast. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
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UPDATE (2:15 p.m.) - The California Highway Patrol has made an arrest in its investigation into projectiles hitting vehicles on Highways 101 and 156 in the Prunedale area.

Charles Lafferty, 53, was arrested Wednesday.

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

He faces charges including possession of a silencer, throwing a substance at a vehicle with the intention of causing great bodily injury, and assault with a deadly weapon that wasn't a firearm.

Since February of 2019, there have been 69 reported incidents of projectiles striking vehicles in the Prunedale area and in San Benito County. Five people suffered minor injuries from broken glass.
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(11:03 a.m.) - A "major breakthrough" in the case involving projectiles hitting vehicles in Monterey and San Benito counties is expected to be announced Thursday.

The California Highway Patrol is holding a press conference at 1:30 p.m. in Salinas to announce an update officials call a result of the task force's "exhaustive efforts."

According to NBC affiliate KSBW-TV, Charles Lafferty, 53, was arrested Wednesday in connection to the projectiles.

KSBW reports charges against Lafferty include possession of a silencer, throwing substance at a vehicle with the intention of causing great bodily injury, and assault with a deadly weapon that wasn't a firearm.

Since February of last year, 69 incidents have been reported involving projectiles hitting vehicles on Highway 156 and Highway 101 in the Prunedale area and also along Highway 154 in San Benito County.

Five people have been injured.

KSBY is continuing to follow this developing story and will have more information once it becomes available.