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Deputies seek men who attacked 7-Eleven employee

Good Samaritans helped stop beating, deputies say

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Osceola deputies say they're looking for three men who attacked a 17-year-old 7-Eleven employee Sunday afternoon.  

Surveillance video shows the attack happening outside the convenience store in the 2900 block of Orange Blossom Trail. 

The victim was working at the convenience store around 4:40 p.m. when the three men attacked him, according to a news release. Deputies said other employees and good Samaritans separated the men from the victim but the trio then attacked him for a second time. 

Investigators say the teen worker did not know his attackers and a motive for the attack is unknown.

"It doesn’t appear to be a robbery. It just appeared to be a physical altercation that escalated," said Maj. Jacob Ruiz, with the Osceola County Sheriffs Office. "He [the victim] tried to get away from the situation, saw they were aggressive and they continued to escalate the situation."

Customers who know the victim say he's a good guy.  

"He was really respectful, even to my wife. He was really respectful to her -- 'Yes ma’am, no ma’am,'" customer Airwin Poole said. "That’s terrible. Prayers out to that guy." 

The victim is home now recovering. His name has not been released since he's a minor. 

"There could have been kids out here. It could have escalated to something even more serious," customer Nicole Hopson said.  

The men fled northbound on Orange Blossom Trail in a black two-door coupe, possibly a Chevrolet Cobalt, with a spoiler on the back, the news release said. 

Anyone who recognizes the men is asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477. Anyone with information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


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