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Cars damaged, drivers shaken after objects thrown at vehicles in Asheville

Craig and Mary Miller's car after being struck by an object in Asheville. Police are searching for the person or people responsible for at least seven recent incidents of vehicles on the road being struck by thrown objects. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The Asheville Police Department (APD) is searching for the person or people responsible for launching objects at moving cars.

A spokeswoman for APD says since September 24, at least seven vehicles have been damaged.

Christina Hallingse says the agency is “very certain” rocks are causing the damage.

She says there doesn’t appear to be any pattern to the destruction, with six of the seven incidents taking place in November all across the city. Hallingse said three of them happened within the past week.

Craig and Mary Miller were heading to the Asheville Mall Tuesday night when their vehicle was struck.

They were on Hendersonville Road near the Texas Roadhouse, just before Biltmore Village.

“Just a split second. It was a 'boom boom',” Craig Miller recalled.

He and his wife Mary pulled into a nearby gas station.

Pulling pieces of glass out of their hair, they say they began checking each other, thinking their car had been shot.

“I have a concealed weapons permit so I’m very familiar with firearms and whatnot and the sound,” Craig said.

“It’s attempted murder. You were out there throwing or shooting or doing something towards another vehicle at a very high speed that could have ended up in a fatality. We could have died from this or seriously injured. My husband’s an airline captain. It could have cost him his job,” Mary Miller said.

They both are Mini Cooper driving instructors and say their experience helped them keep calm in the situation.

“If there were other vehicles in the area, somebody that may not have the ability to maintain a vehicle, they could have ran off and hit somebody and injured other people,” said Craig Miller. “There’s a lot of young families, I mean elderly people, grandparents moms and dads out there driving around. If this is happening, they need to find these people soon.”

If you have any information about the crimes, you’re asked to call APD or Crimestoppers.

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