Valley photographer's car damaged, windows smashed by high school students

Posted at 5:06 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 21:51:00-04

An aspiring Valley photographer says he was targeted by a group of high school students who were up to no good on Friday night.

David Smith was out taking pictures near 59th Avenue and Baseline Road around 8:30 p.m.

Smith said he’s used to capturing beautiful images, but he wasn’t expecting to see his car smashed up.

"I was just in shock, and I'm walking and it's one of those things that’s like slow-motion and you get a little closer and you realize what was going on and you just can't believe it,” he said. 

His 2010 PT Cruiser was heavily damaged. The front windshield was smashed. Glass was all over on the inside. There were even dents on the door and hood.

"To do something like that, it's a thug action, it's not something respectable, it's vandalism, it's not having any regard for anyone else's property," he said. 

Davis thinks a group of about a dozen teens were leaving the Betty Fairfax High School football game on Friday Night. Betty Fairfax High School won the game, in a blowout, 56 to 0.

Smith said while he was taking pictures of the storm, he heard smashing but he didn’t realize his car had become a target until minutes later. 

The teens passed by Smith and he said they made him feel uneasy. Police don’t have a lot to go on. Smith says it was dark and hard to see. He’s hoping the teens brag about the crime to their friends, and someone will turn them in.