Two arrested after shooting out 166 vehicle windows in Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested two men Tuesday who deputies said confessed to shattering at least 166 windows in vehicles around Marrero with a pellet gun.

Christopher Flanagan, 19, and Dacotah Hamilton, 20, also told deputies they had gone on two previous sprees in recent weeks, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Dozens of residents, most of whom live in the Hillcrest, Oak Knoll and Oak Forest subdivisions, woke up Tuesday morning to find the windows of their vehicles had been shot out overnight. Based on a surveillance video provided to authorities by residents, Detective Chad Dear was able to identify a 2001 Ford Escape that was filmed leaving the scene, Col. John Fortunato said in a news release.

Dear and Detective Travis Eserman were able to track the car to 1745 Robin Drive in Marrero using the department’s camera system and Cop-Link database, Fortunato said.

When they arrived at the home, they met with Flanagan, who told the detectives he and Hamilton had shot out the windows of vehicles on Tuesday, Fortunato said. He also confessed to shooting out the windows of other vehicles on Dec. 11 and 18, Fortunato said.

Flanagan turned over a CO2 BB pistol that he said was used in the shootings, and deputies found CO2 canisters and between 50 and 100 pellets in the Ford, Fortunato said.

The detectives then met with Hamilton, 2027 James Drive, who also confessed to his involvement in the vandalism on all three occasions, Fortunato said.

It was not immediately clear how many cars were damaged in the other two incidents.

Flanagan and Hamilton were booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center with 42 counts of misdemeanor and felony criminal damage. Additional charges are possible as the investigation continues, Fortunato said.