Special to Iredell Free News
A Hamptonville man is free on bond after being charged with opening fire on three teenagers after they attempted to prank a friend who lives next to the suspect.
Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrest of William James Baugus, 50, of York Spann Road, Hamptonville, in a news release.
Shortly after midnight on Friday, December 30, ICSO deputies responded to the area of York Spann Road in northern Iredell County in reference to a report of shots fired at a vehicle, Campbell said.
When the deputies arrived, they located three juveniles who told the deputies they had gone to a home to pull a prank on a friend by toilet papering the friend’s house.
While they were at the friend’s house, a neighbor, identified as Baugus, saw them putting toilet paper in the yard, Campbell said.
According to the news release, Baugus then confronted the juveniles, who got into their vehicle to leave the area. As the juveniles drove away, Baugus fired three shots at their vehicle, Campbell said, adding that deputies observed two bullet holes in the vehicle the juveniles were operating.
Baugus reportedly then got into his vehicle and followed the juveniles for some distance. During this pursuit, the suspect drove his vehicle into the rear of the juveniles’ vehicle, causing a vehicle collision, according to the news release.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
ICSO Investigators K. Campbell and C. Davidson responded to assist in the investigation.
The detectives interviewed witnesses and collected evidence from the scene. The suspect gave a statement to the detectives, and the firearm used was seized by ICSO personnel, Campbell said.
As a result of the investigation, Baugus was arrested and charged with one count of felony discharging a firearm into an occupied property and three counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.
Baugus was served with the warrants at the Iredell County Detention Center. He appeared before Magistrate Imes, who issued a $50,000 secured bond on these charges.