Portland teens charged with vandalizing Deering High School

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PORTLAND — Two teenage boys allegedly smashed several windows at Deering High School in the early hours of May 13 before being caught by a neighbor of the school.

Joseph Reali, 18, and Jason Alexander, 19, both of Portland, were charged with aggravated criminal mischief at about 1 a.m. Friday morning. Reali was also charged with assault for reportedly hitting a man who stopped them. Alexander was charged with terrorizing.

According to Police Department Lt. Gary Rogers, a neighbor called police after seeing the two boys breaking windows. The neighbor then confronted the teenagers at the high school and tried to detain them.

Alexander reportedly complied and was standing with his hands against the wall of the school. Reali, however, allegedly struck the neighbor in the head.

Rogers said that despite falling to the ground, the neighbor was able to hold onto Reali until police arrived. The man had a bump on his head, but was otherwise fine.

The boys did not give police a reason for the vandalism spree, and Rogers said he did not know if they were students.

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