Charlotte County, FL – October 6, 2022
Just after 2 this morning, while out on patrol in Babcock Ranch, a deputy came into contact with a suspicious juvenile who was riding a bicycle around The Lake House Kitchen and Grill during curfew hours in place as part of the State of Emergency for Hurricane Ian. The juvenile stated he was fishing in the area, yet had no fishing equipment in his possession.
During the stop, the subject attempted to walk away, then turned around striking the deputy on the top of the head causing injury and substantial bleeding. A struggle ensued between them as the deputy tried radioing for back-up. During the struggle, the subject stabbed the deputy behind the ear with a pocketknife he had in his possession. The deputy was stabbed a total of 6 times.
Eventually, the deputy was able to taser and secure the suspect while back-up units arrived. Our member was flown to an area hospital for treatment and is currently in stable condition resting and recovering at home. The suspect was identified as a 14-year-old resident of Babcock Ranch who was wearing gloves and in addition to the pocket knife, he was found to be in possession of a hammer inside his backpack. While speaking with deputies, the juvenile shared his plans of breaking into the closed restaurants in the area.
Please pray for all members as they patrol our community during this stressful time. Be safe.
If you notice suspicious activity within your community, please contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-2101 or in emergencies, dial 9-1-1.