Christian Boyd, 18, and Kyle Sanderson, 16, thought they were just pranking as they called in a bomb threat at the Kentucky Fried Chicken Saturday evening, which caused the business to evacuate and close, and as they drove Palm Coast firing a BB gun, inuring a teenager at Ralph Carter Park and blowing out the windshield of a vehicle parked at Walmart and of another vehicle that was traveling on Belle Terre Parkway.
Both are students at Flagler Palm Coast High School. Boyd was charged with making the false report of a bomb threat, battery, criminal mischief and shooting into an occupied vehicle, booked at the county jail and held on $9,000 bond. Sanderson was charged with four counts of accessory to every charge Boyd faces, was processed by the Department of Juvenile Justice and turned back over to his parents.
The series of incidents occupied Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies, K-9 units and detectives for over 24 hours as they investigated the shootings and soon connected the bomb threat at KFC with the shootings, leading to the two individuals’ arrest after they’d cruised around town in a dark Ford F-150.
The bomb threat at the KFC at 3 Old Kings Road was reported a little after 6 p.m. Saturday when a male caller contacted the business and said he was going to blow up the place. Employees at the business only knew that the voice belonged to a juvenile. It had a deep inflection but didn’t sound like that of a former employee. Deputies and a K-9 unit searched the business, found nothing, and cleared KFC to reopen.
Meanwhile, caller ID had picked up the originating caller at 6:18 p.m., when the threat was called in. It returned to Kyle T. Sanderson of 23 Essington lane in Palm Coast.
Early the afternoon of the next day, a teen was struck by a BB gun pellet while playing basketball at Ralph Carter Park off Rymfire Drive in Palm Coast. “During the incident,” a police report states, “a dark-colored pick-up truck was observed entering the parking lot with its window rolled down. A witness then described seeing a dark colored firearm protrude from the passenger window and fire at a group of people playing basketball.” The victim’s mother told police she wanted charges filed against the assailant. The pellet was collected for evidence.
Barely an hour later, a woman who was a passenger aboard a 2020 Chevy Traverse, traveling south on belle Terre Parkway by Royal Palm, reported that she heard two pops then the rear window shatter. The damage was “consistent with being shot by a BB pellet,” the police report states. The victim wanted to pursue charges.
Not much later, a shopper at Walmart got back to his 2020 Honda Odyssey in the parking lot to find its rear window had broken. The breaking “was consistent with being shot by a BB pellet,” the police report states. Deputies pulled Walmart’s surveillance footage and detected a dark Ford F-150 passing by the victim’s Honda just as the rear window shatters. The Ford’s license plate was visible. The victim, who was looking at a $1,000 repair bill, wanted the assailants prosecuted.
The license plate registration returned to Sandra Sanderson at the same address on Essington Lane. Kyle Sanderson had previously been involved in a traffic stop while he was at the wheel of the truck, so some deputies were familiar with him.
Deputies contacted Sandra Sanderson after 7:30 p.m. She identified her son in security footage deputies showed her, and identified the vehicle as hers. She gave law enforcement permission to interview Kyle Sanderson. Kyle told them he was driving the F-150 Saturday evening, with Boyd as his passenger. He said Boyd wanted to make a crank call to KFC, and did. He said it was the only “prank” call that evening.
The next day the two went to the Tractor Supply Company on Belle Terre Parkway, where Boyd bought two BB pellet pistols. Boyd and Sanderson decided to go shoot squirrels at Ralph Carter Park. After doing so, he said Boyd fired the pistol at the basketball players, then shot at the two other vehicles. Sanderson said he did not fire the gun himself.
“Through investigative means,” the police report states, “a recording was obtained of [Boyd] admitting that he had called the Kentucky Fried Chicken to report a false bomb threat, fired at individuals playing basketball at Ralph Cater Park, and fired at vehicles throughout the day.” But when he was booked at the county jail, Boyd denied the charges and blamed Sanderson.
“I want to start by commending our team on a job well done this weekend,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a release today. “Not only did these two wreak havoc throughout the community by dangerously firing BB guns at incident bystanders, but they caused a great deal of resources to be tied up for hours investigating a false report of a bomb and the various shootings. They are very lucky that they didn’t cause any serious injuries, however, they damaged two vehicles and instilled fear in many people through their actions. I hope they turn their life around and the courts teach them a serious and strong lessen.”
Starring in the next Stupid Criminals Episode. The two Stars have nothing better to do, ya know, Girl Friends , friends, Home work lol. With cameras near everywhere these two have definitely flunked a test of life and common sense. Cant say I get the shooting at kids in the Park and moving cars thst bothers me. Anyway hope Mom and Dad dont continue to enable you two SMH
If one of those “kids” at the park had been hit in the eye with their pellet gun and lost their vision the parents of these two stupid teens would be homeless after lawyers were done suing them.
Throw the book at both of these imbeciles. Make them sell the truck to pay for damages, take their DL’s away. Felons, means no gun rights going forward & jail time, even for the 16 year old. They were very fortunate someone didn’t use a real firearm and return fire.
Land of no turn signals says says
lockem up for a bit and pay all restitution for police time,court and damages.If they don’t have it get from the parents and maybe they will keep closer watch on theses dumb ass’s.
Eileen Araujo says
They both need to sit in jail for about a month. That just might make them think twice next time….time to take the vehicle away.
They shoot squirrels for fun and decide instead to call in bomb threats and ride around town terrorizing other people for a thrill? These kids need a serious wake-up call–and possibly some professional help to control their impulses. The 18 year old won’t find prison to be very funny once he is convicted as an adult in court. And the 16 year old is getting close to that point as well.
Disgusting, vile, mean, losers. Shooting people and causing harm onto animals, threatening to bomb KFC, so what’s next for these 2 losers and I don’t want to hear ah they’re juveniles because there are plenty of teens their age who are kindhearted , not malicious, and not hateful. Shame on them.
Concerned Citizen says
I see a lot of people baffled that folks are upset about people being upset getting shot at with pellets/bbs.
Years ago my car got hit going down the road. It damaged the side door and shattered my passenger window. Had I had someone in the back seat they might of been seriously injured. And I had to cover repairs out of pocket. So how am I not justified in being pissed off? I’m driving down the road and two asshole kids take it upon themselves to damage property I worked hard for? I feel for the woman in this case with the damaged window.
This was not a prank. It was a criminal action and should be treated as such. And at 16 and 18 you know right from wrong. And I guarentee you they were laughing and making smart ass comments the entire time. Not only that but this day and age it’s incredibly stupid to wave anything that realisticly look like a fire arm around.
I hope that our judges take this case aeriously. And that a suitable sentencing is passed down. These two cost property damage,inconvienienced a lot of folks and tied up Law Enforcement resources. Stop giving passes and making excuses. And start holding young adults responsible for their action.
You know its great when your friend takes the fall for you. If only the real story was revealed
Trailer Bob says
Good think these two morons didn’t try their foolishness in the Mondex…Shooting at someone with a BB gun can get you killed by a real gun fools…Unless they were on a deathwish trip.