Guest Post by Mara Zebest
A teen asked his potential victim if he had a Glock before punching the victim in another knockout assault. The man fearing for his life than pretended that a folding knife was a gun causing the attackers to flee (like the cowards that they are).
Neptune Beach police were called to the intersection of Fourth and Davis streets after a possible robbery occurred on July 31 at 10:31 p.m. A witness called police after she saw a male juvenile punch a man in the face, apparently without provocation, as he walked alone along the beach earlier in the evening.
At the scene, four male juveniles were being followed on foot by two men. Police arrived and took the four boys into custody.
The victim told police that he believed the boys were playing the “knockout game.” He said he was approached on the beach by one of the boys who asked him if he had a “Glock.” The man was punched after admitting that he was unarmed.
Fearing that the boy would continue to hit him until he was unconscious, the man grabbed at a folding knife that he had tucked into his waistband and pretended to have a gun. The boys fled, and the man enlisted the help of his neighbor to search for the boys.
The man positively identified one of the boys, a 15-year-old from Atlantic Beach, as the one who had struck him. At headquarters, the boy initially denied involvement, then confessed. Police tried to call the boy’s mother but could not reach her. He was taken to the county jail and booked on battery charges.
It was also discovered that another one of the boys, also a 15-year-old from Atlantic Beach, had been reported missing. He was suspected by Atlantic Beach police of stealing multiple bicycles within the city. He was also arrested and taken to jail.
More proof that guns—even a pretend gun—can save lives.