A 14-year-old boy was charged with hitting a Florida sheriff’s deputy in the head with a suction cup, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, when the teenage boy resisted arrest and the sheriff’s deputy punched him back. .
The suspect is one of two teens accused of assaulting a lawmaker at the Lee County Fair in Fort Myers, 130 miles south of Tampa, lawmakers said.
The incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, when a deputy who responded to a call to riot at the fair was confronted by a mob of teens.
“A man wearing a black hoodie and covering his face approached him next to him and punched him with a closed fist on the left side of his face and punched him in the ear and face area,” the affidavit reports. “At this point, (the lieutenant) grabbed the subject and escorted him to the ground (and) informed the subject that he was being arrested for assault by law enforcement officers.”
When a 14-year-old boy resisted being handcuffed, the lieutenant performed a “closed hand strike” to the side of his head, the report said.
“Compliance was obtained, the problem was the handcuffs, and the enforcement ceased,” the affidavit reports.
The Fort Myers teenager has been charged with assaulting a police officer and is fighting back without violence, officials said.
During the teen’s arrest, a second deputy reported that he too was punched in the face by someone in the crowd. According to the affidavit, the 17-year-old man continued to wave his fist at his lieutenant during the arrest.
A suspect, who lives in Fort Myers, was also charged with assaulting a police officer and resisted officers without assault, officials said.
“Because the subjects were minors, their parents were notified,” the official said.
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