Watertown man arrested in connection with paintball damage

Paintball gun shooting arrest

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A 25 year old Watertown man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into paintball damage around the city.

“I came out and I was just looking at it and I thought, I give my grandkids the cotton candy and I thought maybe they were throwing it down or dropped it,” paintball victim Lila LaJoie said. “Then my son’s friend came over and said, ‘hey, that’s paintball stuff,’ and I said, ‘what?’”

Sometime this weekend, LaJoie's house was struck with paintball pellets. It was part of a paintball shooting spree that started on Saturday.

But she wasn't the only one.

Homes on at least four other streets were struck on both the east and west sides of the city.

Detective Lieutenant Joseph Donoghue says there were at least seven reports of homes or cars getting hit.

“A person operating a gray Chrysler 300 was seen at at least a couple of these places,” Donoghue said, “and we’ve made an arrest in one of these incidents.”

Tajemar Brandon was arrested and charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief for causing damage to an apartment building on Union Street.

“The door was open to his apartment and the person in this vehicle shot multiple times at the house.” Donoghue said. “Some of the paintballs actually went inside and struck and damaged the wallboard inside the house.”

While the paint will come off of her home LaJoie is still asking the question: why?

“And I’m like, ‘who would do that?’ This is an awesome street,” she said. “There’s never really anything going on here. It’s really a nice street to live on.”

Brandon was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in city court on October 6.

Anyone with additional information can call the Watertown Police Department at 315-782-2233.

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