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Benito Victory

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:42 am, Tue Mar 27, 2012.

Young people usually just get wet while playing the game Senior Assassins. But authorities said the game turned into a dangerous road rage incident Friday evening after a group of Modesto High School seniors doused a 26-year-old Lodi man and his female passenger, who were not playing the game.

The California Highway Patrol arrested the Lodi man, Benito Victory, after authorities said he chased the car full of teenagers on roads north of Modesto and, according to one witness, might have fired a handgun two times at them. Victory crashed his pickup in the 6300 block of Carver Road near Ladd Road and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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4 comments:

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 9:49 am on Tue, Apr 3, 2012.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Those students should have been arrested and charged for assault right along with this guy! They (students) started this whole thing by assaulting that man and his female passenger, period!

    The police in their ineptness never cease to amaze me....

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:26 pm on Tue, Mar 27, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Assassin is an annual ritual for seniors at Modesto high schools and at schools across the country

    I am curious. If this is an activity that the schools are familiar with, and this activity happens on school grounds or during the time students are supposed to be in the care and control of the school, would there be any liability to the school district if damages were caused. Also, I have seen cases were 3ird graders have been suspended for having possession of a small toy gun.... if the schools are involved or aware of the activity, seems like there should be some consequences for the students... does anyone know if this is/was school related?

     
  • Jay Samone posted at 9:19 am on Tue, Mar 27, 2012.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Kevin,

    I completely agree with you. This is a dangerous game these kids are playing. Tokay High had something similar at the park across the street and many years ago I happened to pass by while they were throwing water balloons at passing vehicles. They missed most of them but one kids threw his so hard it hard my car just right and and dented the right passenger by my back window. Of course he thought it was funny, I slammed on my breaks - got on my cell and called the cops. You bet my car was fixed immediately. That little tradition was squashed for a couple of years after that because of all of the police calls. I don't know if they do it now, but I'm sure they've found something else dumb to do.

    This needs to happen in this case. The teens in this case knew they were doing something stupid - at the very least. They could have easily killed someone who might have thought they were being shot at. There have been a few teens arrested and sentenced for throwing rocks at vehicles driving down I-5 in Stockton. One truck driver was killed a few years ago. This situation is no different. Someone needs to hold THEM accountable as well.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 6:48 am on Tue, Mar 27, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2094

    Why AREN'T the kids being charged with something? In today's day and age (unfortunately) this "game" just sounds like a good way to get the wrong person mad at you, as this incident proves. At the very least firing water from one vehicle into another sounds like reckless endangerment to me.

     
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