Midway, FL - Police have arrested two teenagers on attempted murder charges, accusing them of beating a 50-year-old man over the head with a hammer and stealing his vehicle. The victim is currently on life support.
On March 26, police were called by a witness who said they heard someone screaming for help and watched as two men pulled a man from a vehicle and drag him into the woods. Police would find the victim lying in the woods.
According to the arrest affidavit, the victim was sitting in his SUV when 18-year-old Julius Bender and 19-year-old Yahaziel Israel approached him and began beating him with a hammer. He was pulled out of his vehicle and dragged into a nearby wooded area where he was beaten over the head with the hammer.
His attackers fled the scene in the man’s car before police arrived and abandoned the vehicle at a short distance away. Investigators would received a tip from Crimeline that named Bender and Israel as the two they were looking for.
The witness to the beating was able to pick the teens out of a photo line-up and stated Bender was the one wielding the hammer. Israel’s fingerprints were found inside and outside of the victim’s vehicle.
Both teens have been booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility with no bail. More charges are expected to be filed if the victim dies from his injuries.
In wake of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin that has garnered world-wide attention, some want to know why this case has not achieved the same level of notoriety. The commenting on some news articles reporting this incident have gotten so heated that they have been disabled.
But it’s essential to remember that in the TrayvonMartin case, it’s the perceived injustice, the circumstances surrounding how Martin and Zimmerman came face to face that night, and the claims of racial bias in the media that gives it legs.
In this case, there may be signs of media bias with some papers allegedly leaving out the race of the accused and the victim (he’s white), but there is no perceived injustice in regards to the victim and not a smidgen of proof that these two picked the victim because he was white. The two accused teens have been arrested and charged with their alleged crimes and, with the evidence police currently have, will probably remain in jail for some time.Tags: Attempted Murder, Beating, Florida, hammer, Julius Bender, Yahaziel Israel