Norwalk woman, 18, charged in vehicle vandalism

Cary Ashby • Sep 4, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A Norwalk teenager has been charged in connection with a string of vehicle vandalism that police say went too far.

Amanda Cadwallader, 18, of 243 Woodlawn Ave., is charged with criminal mischief. If convicted of the third-degree misdemeanor, she faces up to 60 days in the Huron County Jail. Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said the complaint was filed Aug. 25 through Norwalk Municipal Court in the form of a summons.

Norwalk Police Capt. Dave Smith, who investigated the case, has said he expects criminal mischief charges to be filed against four other teenage suspects: A 16-year-old boy, two 17-year-old boys and a 17-year-old girl, all of Norwalk.

Smith interviewed two of the suspects during his investigation.

"They gave me the names of the three other (people) involved, so I got all five (suspects) from what they told me," he said.

No charges had been filed in Huron County Juvenile Court in the case as of Tuesday, court administrator Chris Mushett said.

Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Hakos Jr. declined to comment Tuesday.

"I'm not allowed to talk about that (case)," he said.

Police began the investigation once one of the victim's mothers approached Smith.

"Then a second victim came in and I talked to a third victim's dad," Smith said.

Vehicle-marking paint went onto the paint job of the vehicles -- where it's not intended to be used -- was all over the cars and the suspects wrote some vulgar phrases, police and one of the victim's mothers said.

"The pen leaked out all over the back of the hatchback (of one vehicle)," Smith said. "A majority of them considered it a well-intentioned prank. ... It went a little far."

The mother of a 16-year-old victim said her daughter took the car through a car wash twice and hand-washed the vehicle before all of the paint was gone.

"It was on the black molding on the car. We didn't know if we could get the paint off (at first)," she said.

Her daughter and Cadwallader weren't friends before the recent, suspected incident.

However, the mother has accused Cadwallader of wetting one of her family vehicles during the winter of 2012 and adding toilet paper "so it would freeze on there" and yelling obscenities at her daughter as Cadwallader reportedly entered and left the Super Wendy's soon after it opened on Milan Avenue in Norwalk. The victim was sitting outside in the patio area at the time.

One of the victim's fathers couldn't be reached for comment.

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