Orange County News
2 Pendleton Marines accused of BB gun shooting spree in Orange County
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A pair of 20-year-old Camp Pendleton-based Marines are facing vandalism charges for allegedly going on a shooting spree with pellet guns in Orange County.
Authorities said Joseph Ikaika Nahale of Fremont and Jesse Jordan Ivie of Gresham, Ore., were both booked on suspicion of felony vandalism and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Laguna Beach police were called about 25 window-shattering incidents from Saturday night through early Sunday, they said. Eight storefronts and 17 vehicles were damaged.
Zack Le Bon, who works at Laguna Surf and Sport in Laguna Beach, said he arrived at work only to find the front window shattered and holes through another window.
"It kind of scared me because I thought it was a real gun at first, then I saw a car window smashed out and thought it was a shooting," said Le Bon. What was more upsetting to him, he said, was that the suspects were Marines, just like his grandfather, who was awarded the Purple Heart.
In Dana Point, authorities said a 25-year-old woman was resting in her car outside her workplace when the suspects allegedly shot out her rear and passenger windows. The woman was not hurt.
"She initially thought she was being shot at," said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "She dialed 911, deputies responded. They searched the area. She did observe a red Ford Explorer drive off at a high rate of speed."
Sunday morning, after the shooting spree, a deputy spotted the Explorer. Authorities said they found two Marines and two high-powered BB guns.
Authorities said the motive was unclear. Drugs or alcohol were not involved.
Three vehicles in San Clemente, two in Dana Point and one in Newport Beach were also damaged Saturday night through early Sunday, Amormino said.
Authorities said the damage is in the thousands of dollars.
Nahal and Ivie, both active-duty Marines, were booked into the Orange County jail and later released to the custody of the Marines at Camp Pendleton.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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