A group of Florida teens face attempted murder charges after admitting to run over the mother of a boy they beat up in an ongoing romance dispute, authorities have said.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said the four teens faced multiple charges, including attempted murder and a burglary with assault for the Monday afternoon savage attack that left the mother in critical condition at a local hospital. Authorities said Elijah Stansell, 18, was the ringleader in the attack and brought his three friends – Raven Sutton, 16; Kimberly Stone, 15; and Hannah Eubank, 14 – at the home of another teenager about an hour outside of Orlando to “deal” with an ongoing romantic argument.
“This was a coordinated and planned attack, carried out by a group of teenagers who beat a teenager and then crushed his mother, leaving her for dead,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. communicated. “I can’t even imagine teenagers doing something so obnoxious. Our prayers are with this family. “
Authorities say MPs broke into a Polk City home at 2:50 p.m. on November 9. At home, MPs found a teenager who had been beaten and his mother, seriously injured after being “run over by a van.” None of the victims have been identified by authorities.
Authorities have tracked down the group of teenagers allegedly responsible for the attack after learning that Stansell had brought his three friends home to settle the romance dispute. The details of the dispute were not immediately clear.
According to an affidavit first obtained by ClickOrlando, the teenage victim and Stone were arguing on social media, where the 15-year-old threatened to “hit” each other and let her new boyfriend “walk away.” to occupy”. On Monday, the sheriff’s department said it was Stone who provided the group with the victim’s address, but the 15-year-old “stayed in the van” while the other three went to deal with the victim. ‘teenager.
Authorities say the rest of the group got out of the van and “knocked” on the teenager’s front door. The teenager ended up coming out the side of the house and into the shelter to see who was there, prompting the teenagers to run to the shelter, where Stansell “physically attacked him.” Sutton was also involved in the beating, while Eubank recorded the incident on his cell phone, the affidavit states.
As the teenager walked home, Stansell and Sutton reportedly followed. At the same time, the teenager’s mother returned home, prompting the high school students to flee.
Authorities say the teenager’s mother followed her son’s attackers and “watched them get into their van parked across the street.”
“She has started taking pictures of the suspects and the van with her mobile phone,” authorities said in a statement. “Although there was enough room for the van to maneuver around it as it stood on the pavement, Stansell intentionally bumped into it, then on top of it, before fleeing the streets. places.
Authorities say in addition to several eyewitnesses to the crime, investigators obtained home surveillance footage showing the entire attack in detail. One of the witnesses was a Polk County utility worker who followed the group’s van in its county-issued truck for about five minutes before calling 911 for assistance.
“I’m a van – you probably just got a phone call – I’m a van that just ran over this lady,” the man said during a 911 call obtained by ClickOrlando. “I’m trying to stay back, I don’t know if they have a gun or what, but they just broke that poor lady,” he said.
The mother remains in “very critical condition” at a local hospital after sustaining multiple injuries, including traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, broken leg and lung damage. Authorities say the four teenagers have since admitted “to having fled the scene on foot, being in the van where Stansell intentionally run over the victim’s mother, and then running away in the van after seriously injuring her.”
Stansell, who is being held at Polk County Jail, also faces three counts of lewd and lascivious assault on a minor, 15, for another incident uncovered after his arrest, said the sheriff’s department. The other three adolescents were taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center as they are minors.
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