Oregon man arrested in series of drive-by paintball gun attacks

Bend police say Zachary Taylor Richardson fired yellow and pink paintballs while cruising around town in a white Hyundai hatchback on Sept. 15 and 16. (Deschutes County Jail)

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say that a 19-year-old man was arrested in central Oregon after a series of drive-by paintball gun attacks.

Bend police say Zachary Taylor Richardson fired yellow and pink paintballs while cruising around town in a white Hyundai hatchback on Sept. 15 and 16.

There were at least 10 attacks reported by people who were pelted by the paintballs, including a man riding with his daughter in the back of their bicycle, an Uber driver, a man walking home from Walmart and two women in a vehicle.

Richardson, who couldn't be reached for comment, was tracked down Thursday through witness descriptions of him and the car.

He now faces 25 criminal charges including unlawful use of a weapon, harassment, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Police said they're investigating accomplices involved.

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