BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. – September 22, 2023 – Bullhead City Police have identified the two juvenile suspects who vandalized the Bullhead City Middle School after hours last week.
On Friday, September 15, officers responded to the Bullhead City Middle School on Hancock Road for an alarm call. At approximately 7:50 p.m., two male juveniles unlawfully entered the school, destroyed some property, and sprayed a fire extinguisher in the cafeteria, which caused the fire alarm to activate.
The suspects pictured on the school surveillance matched the same suspects who stole a vehicle on the same night on Baseline Road. The two juveniles smashed the car window to gain entry into the vehicle and then took it for a ‘joy ride.’ The crime was recorded on video for a social media trend relating to stealing cars. The stolen car was recovered at Rotary Park the following day.
Through further investigation and numerous tips detectives received of the two males posting videos of both crimes on their social media, police identified the suspects. Neither juvenile, ages 14 and 15, attends Bullhead City Middle School.
On Thursday, September 21, detectives and school resource officers served a search warrant at one of the suspect’s homes in the 700 block of Baseline Road. Items of evidentiary value relating to the crime were seized. Both suspects were contacted by police and interviewed. Charges of burglary, criminal damage and theft of a vehicle are being forwarded to the Mohave County Attorney’s Office.
“We want to thank both the Bullhead City Police and Fire Departments for responding Friday night and securing the middle school campus,” said Bullhead City School District Superintendent Carolyn Stewart. “We’d especially like to thank the BCPD officers who worked tirelessly to quickly solve this, including school resource officers Shannon James, Emilio Marin and Kesean Walker.”
BULLHEAD CITY – The Bullhead City School District and Bullhead City Police Department are investigating a break-in and criminal damage to property at Bullhead City Middle School on Hancock Road. Friday night’s incident occurred after all school personnel had left the campus.
Security cameras captured two juveniles wearing large backpacks entering the school through a fenced area. Once inside, they sprayed part of the cafeteria with a fire extinguisher after rummaging through supplies belonging to the student council. They also tossed food supplies on the floor.
Alarms detected the chemical residue from the fire extinguishers. The juveniles quickly left the school before first responders arrived, but not before checking to see if any classroom doors were open; they were not. Video shows the individuals exiting toward the east, where a BMX event was being held.
In addition to using their cellphones as flashlights, both appeared to text and record during the incident. School and law enforcement officials hope that social media messaging and some identifiable clothing may help pinpoint the individuals. Both wore hoodies and ripped jeans. One of the hoodies had lettering partially covered by a backpack, possibly “Death Row” records apparel.
School custodial staff cleaned the cafeteria over the weekend, and there were no interruptions when classes resumed Monday morning.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Bullhead City Police Department at 928-763-9200.