Suspect arrested in multiple BMV window shootings: Photos
NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- It's a crime that hit several Northeast Ohio communities overnight.
Uniontown Police tell WKYC they have arrested a suspect for shooting out windows at multiple locations.
It started around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when authorities were advised that windows of a driver exam station at 650 Graham Road in Cuyahoga Falls had been shot out.
A supervisor from the Canton post of the Highway Patrol was preparing to respond to the scene when he noticed the windshield and grill of his patrol car had been shot while parked outside the post in Stark County.
Investigators quickly learned windows were also shot out at the driver exam station and BMV at 3195 Whitewood Street in North Canton.
But that’s not all.
Authorities were then notified that windows at the Barberton driver exam station at 17 5th Street SE in Barberton were shot out, too, along with multiple ODOT vehicles in Akron at 2088 South Ariington Road.
Nobody was hurt in any of the incidents.
The suspect has been identified as 49-year-old Richard Rhodes of Hartville.
Uniontown Police say Rhodes is suspected of recently vandalizing two churches. Investigators also believe he's responsible for spray painting on Hartville Hardware's store sign before returning after hours and shooting at the building.
His license plate was observed on surveillance video, and police tracked him down at his residence in Hartville on Tuesday.
Police tell WKYC that Rhodes admitted he was responsible for shooting out all the BMV windows.