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First Suspect in I-35 Rock-Throwing Cases Arrested

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Marquel Raymond Boone, 44, was arrested after being linked to the I-35 rock-throwing cases after an eyewitness report came in to police.

The man was apprehended on Friday, June 3, after a witness called in a report of seeing a man throwing items off the lower deck of I-35 near the service road. As the Austin American-Statesman reported, he was “charged with attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony punishable with up to 10 years in prison. His bail was set at $50,000.”

While police don’t think Boone himself is responsible for all 80-something I-35 rock-throwing cases, they are glad to have landed one suspect in an investigation that has run dry for two years. Just because one suspect has been caught, however, they are also warning drivers to still remain vigilant on the road.

The reward for information on suspects sits around $25,000 as the Greater Austin Crime Commission offered $10,000, Gov. Abbott has offered $6,000, and an anonymous donation was made for $9,000. It was unclear if the witness will receive reward money, however, for their call-in of the suspect apprehended.

If your vehicle is struck by an object thrown on I-35, pull over immediately and contact the police. They are asking that you stay in the same spot where contact occurred so they may have an idea of the location of the thrower.