Florida police have charged two men and a teenager with aggravated battery and animal cruelty after they attacked a disabled Navy veteran who was trying to protect a turtle they were torturing, according to Fox News.
Gary Blough said he saw the group in Daytona Beach slamming a turtle as hard as they could on its shell. He said he asked them to leave the animal alone and tried to help the animal get back into the water.
He said the three men began to punch and kick him, leaving him with a swollen eye and a bump on the back on his head.
“While I had my head turned, two of them started hitting me in the back of the head and punching me," Blough told Fox 35. "Next thing I know we’re in a scuffle and I’m fighting three of them at the same time defending myself.”
Police have identified the two adult suspects as Ryan Ponder, 23, and Johnnie Beveritt, 18. They reported that they are being held on a $15,000 bond at the Volusia County Jail.
The third suspect was a 16-year-old boy, who is being held at a juvenile detention facility.
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