Neighbors say groups of children throwing rocks at people, property and pets

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Several people in the German Village and Merion Village neighborhoods are on high alert after groups of kids have been seen throwing rocks at their dogs, homes and vehicles.

John Marzluf said a group of kids threw rocks at his truck and it left behind damage.

“One of my trucks is back there and has a gash in the hood and a star crack in the windshield,” Marzluf said.

He said he first heard the kids in his alleyway chucking rocks at his neighbor’s property.

“My neighbor’s motorhome has three different windows broken,” Marzluf said.

When he told them to leave, he said they threatened him.

“He said he would be back later to take care of me,” Marzluf said.

That’s when he said he called police. He said they were no older than 15 years old.

About four blocks over, Ashley Raun-Thomas said her husband was walking their dog when a group of four kids started throwing rocks at them.

“Bigger than the size of my fist and they continued to do it until they got her to safety,” Raun-Thomas said.

And it happened as several neighbors were out walking their pets.

“It’s really disheartening to think that part of your safety in a neighborhood is taken away from you and you can’t even walk your dog at 7 at night,” Raun-Thomas said.

She said police came out to look for the kids, but they weren’t found.

Within the past week, at least 8 neighbors said they have seen different groups of kids chucking rocks at homes, people and even other pets.

“It’s a real bummer because it’s such a lack of respect for our community,” Raun-Thomas said.

Neighbors said they think they need to come together as a community to try to stop this.

“One of the best assets we have to keep the neighborhood nice is to have all the neighbors get out and walk the sidewalks and so forth and that has an effect to keep them at bay,” Marzluf said.

A community meeting is planned for Tuesday night for people to voice concerns.

It’s happening at 6 p.m. at the Schiller Community Center.

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