UPDATE: Arrest made after man said 9 teens attacked him near Ocala apartment complex

16-year-old charged with aggravated battery

By Jon Jankowski - Digital journalist

OCALA, Fla. - The Ocala Police Department said a man told officers he was attacked by nine teenagers near an Ocala Apartment Complex around 5:30 p.m. on July 13.

Police said officers responded to a gas station on the 300 block of Northwest 20th Street to a report of an assault.

Investigators said a woman said she was walking with her boyfriend on Northwest 1st Avenue when she saw nine teenagers.

She told officers the teens turned around and one of the kids asked them for money, according to police.

The couple said they did not have any money.

The woman told investigators the teens charged the 31-year-old man and kicked him while he was on the ground, according to officers.

Officers said the woman told police she laid on top of her boyfriend to prevent further harm.

Police said she was not attacked in the incident.

The man told police while someone was kicking him one of the teens broke his ribs.

On Aug. 5, Ocala police investigators announced the arrest of a 16-year-old in connection with the attack.

A spokesperson said he was charged with aggravated battery.
 

The couple’s family has set up a fundraiser to help them while the victim is unable to work.  You can help by clicking or tapping here.

 

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