The Victim: Carmen Ortiz
The Crime: Criminal mischief
Date: Friday, June 15
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: 9600 block of Rolling Rock

The loud crash was startling.

Carmen Ortiz and her family had been going about their normal routine the morning of June 15. Suddenly, the sounds of shattering glass came from the patio area of their home. Ortiz’s husband found a plant pot had been thrown into the patio area and had broken on their concrete floor. A bottle of nail polish also had been thrown, and the red polish was everywhere, mixed with shards of pottery that littered the area.

“It was all over the floor,” she says. “It was scary.”

The event was quite a nuisance and a pain to clean up, the family says. And while the crime did not injure anyone and seems minor, it left them unnerved.

Police suspect kids are at the heart of the problem and that they possibly have some perceived vendetta against the family that Ortiz may not even know about.

Dallas Police Sgt. Keitric Jones of the Northeast Patrol Division says no suspects have been found at this time.

“It is possible that this was a random act by juveniles in the area, but with no witness or workable leads it is hard to be sure,” he says.

Police will continue to investigate and respond to further incidences.


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Source: Dallas Police Department