Two people commit an unprovoked attack on a child at a Florida gas station
The Marion County Sheriff's Office shared a video on Facebook of an incident that shocked viewers as an unprovoked attack goes too far.
In the video, it shows three females waiting outside a red truck in the parking lot of a Circle K gas station in Silver Springs on September 22.
A young male and female appear, after a short exchange of words the female attacks the woman standing outside the truck, the assailant then pulls another young female out of the truck and batters her. The third female tries to help but gets dragged by her hair and punched by the female assailant.
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The three victims, who are not mentioned by name, and the fourth victim Tersa Elghali, mother of one victim, 11 was caught off guard as the assault happened without provocation. Not knowing the assailants made this random act of violence more traumatic as seen by the bewildered 11-year-old running around the gas station, and her mother went to calm her down.
Deputies Ian Burt and Joseph Spratlin arrested the assailants. The 18-year-old Julia Napiontek got arrested at 11:20 pm in the 1100 block of Southeast 173rd Avenue. Her partner Brandon Clanton, 18, was arrested at 12 am in the 15800 block of East State Road 40.
Reports of unprovoked attacks are becoming disturbingly commonplace as another incident surfaced in Oregon earlier this year. Megan Stackhouse and Lucinda Mann got brutally attacked by 49-year-old Jay Allen Barbeau in a road rage incident.
Barbeau was driving behind them in a truck, tailing them so close they couldn’t see the number plate, and Stackhouse pulled over in order for Barbeau to pass. Instead, he stopped, got out of his truck and approached them, smashing the rear window of their car, broke Stackhouse’s arm and left Mann with a concussion after slamming her head into the road. He got arrested and charged with three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief and reckless driving.
Thankfully the assailants in both cases got caught and charged for their crimes. Napiontek faces charges of battery and aggravated child abuse. Clanton got arrested for a similar attack two months ago when he punched a 17-year-old outside a store. Clanton got charged with battery and simple assault on a law enforcement official.
In the video, other people are seen witnessing the attack but not helping or interfering, which happens more often than one would like.
Another example of this happened when 53-year-old Aimee Ross drew approximately $700 to cover expenses at the inside ATM at an Amscot off Waters and North Florida Avenue in Tampa, Florida in May 2017.
Another woman was using the ATM next to her. Behind them, a man was pacing back and forth and the moment Ross had the money in her hand he tried to grab it, Ross was not letting go without a fight and fought to keep him from stealing the much-needed money.
No one tried to help her, not the woman next to her, and not the other people in the store. They just stood there looking on as a man assaulted a 53-year-old woman not even phoning the police. The video went viral and helped to identify the assailant as 43-year-old Charles Omar McGee who was taken into custody a short while later.