Austin police arrest man in ‘serial’ rock-throwing case

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man has been arrested in connection with dozens of rock-throwing incidents that have hit cars on Interstate 35 in Austin after police said it was a top priority.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said Thursday that an arrest had been made in the “serial rock assailant case.” Fifty-nine-year-old Patrick Eugene Johnson faces charges of attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

More than 80 rock-throwing incidents have been reported in Austin since 2014. Earlier this month, police arrested 44-year-old Marquel Raymond Boone, but rock-throwing incidents continued.

Acevedo said last week that rock throwing investigations would be handled by the police department’s organized crime division.

Authorities also posted temporary signs along Interstate 35, warning drivers to stay alert amid reported rock throwing. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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