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Alex Cabrero ReportingPolice thought they had their rock-throwing man, but three more attacks after his arrest has everyone concerned. The search continues today for the suspect or suspects involved in a series of rocks being thrown at cars on the interstate. Nobody has been seriously injured, but there have been plenty of close calls.
Lots of police officers are involved in this search, they even had a dog out trying to sniff a trail. But so far... nothing. These attacks are also random, no real patterns at all, except that they're all crazy and nobody has been killed, although one man may have come close.
Spencer Halovrsen: “I could’ve been seriously injured, or dead.”
Spencer Halvorsen and Steve Moyer don't know each other, but they now have more in common than either of them wished.
Steve Moyer, Rock Victim: “Knocked my rear view mirror off, hit me in the face. I just didn’t know what happened at first.”
Someone is playing a sick game on Interstates 15 and I 80 near downtown Salt Lake City. More than 10 attacks have happened in the past week, three back-to-back-to-back just Friday night.
Bob Chapman, Rock Victim: “All of a sudden there was someone in that lane. I moved to the right, he moved over and threw a rock. Did everything we could to keep it under control, because you can see what it did to the car.”
But what has police really concerned is they thought they had their suspect. 22-year old Michael Purdy, a homeless man, was arrested Friday morning, charged with several of the attacks from earlier in the week. But when more attacks happened after his arrest, police now aren't sure if they're dealing with someone connected to Purdy, or a copycat.
Trooper Randall Akers: “This is not a joke. We’re not taking it as a joke.”
Not a joke at all. Halvorsen has to miss work. The family's only car has to be fixed, all because of something someone thinks is a fun prank.
Spencer Halvorsen: “It’s not neat, it’s not cool. You’re just hurting people.”
Normally, police would be able to give some tips on how to be safe or what to look for. But this case is so random, you just can't stop driving because of this person.
If you see someone standing under an overpass with rocks, or on the side of the highway with rocks, try to take note of him and call police right away.