Police release mug shots of teens arrested in 'Project X' party case


by KHOU.com staff


Posted on March 14, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 14 at 4:36 PM

HOUSTON – Police on Wednesday released mug shots of nine out of 11 teens accused of trying to throw a party in a newly-built, vacant home.

It happened on March 9, 2012.

According to investigators, the teens were caught after another home in the neighborhood was trashed the night before.

In the first home, a group of partygoers apparently broke in, threw a wild bash and caused nearly $100,000 in damage.

A private investigator hired by the builder thought the vandals might strike again, so he staked out the neighborhood the following night.

That’s when he allegedly caught the group of teens in another house, just kicking off their party.

In all, 13 teenagers were caught. Two juveniles were sent home with their parents. The remaining 11 – identified as Colten Camden, Lauren Cangelosi, Evan Dillard, Parnia Behinaein, Jack Middleton, Conner Bennet, Casey Smith, Michael Alcala, Brock Johnson, William Childress and James Arnold – were charged with criminal trespass.

Police said they were working to determine Wednesday if those teens were the same ones responsible for damaging the home on March 8.

If so, more serious criminal charges could be filed.

Investigators believe the parties may have been inspired by a new movie called "Project X."

The movie is about a high school party that gets out of control.

"When you look at the movie, and you look at what happened here, the parallels are the uncanny. It was a copycat. They did everything that I saw in the movie," Mark Stephens, the private investigator hired by the homebuilder, said.

Anyone with information on either case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477. Tipsters can also contact Stephens at 281-351-5342.