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Deputies Arrest Juvenile in Random Attacks
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Deputies have arrested a juvenile in connection with senseless random attacks.

Traveshia Blanks DOB 12/05/1997 of 5312 Summerlin Road Unit 12 Fort Myers is charged with 2 Counts Battery on a person 65 years of age or older.

On November 25, 2013, at 3:50pm, the Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a group of people who randomly attacked an unsuspecting victim in the area of South Pointe Boulevard. Deputies responded and the victim stated that while he was weeding his garden, someone kicked him from behind, knocking him to the ground. The victim saw a juvenile female laughing at him before she walked back to join a larger group of juveniles. EMS responded and treated him.

Concerned citizens saw a group of suspicious teenagers walking down a nearby street and took several photographs with their cell phone, providing investigators with what would later be a crucial piece of evidence.

The investigation into the first incident continued and on November 26th, a second victim contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Someone rang the victims doorbell. He looked and saw several well-dressed juveniles standing outside his door and one of them appeared to be holding a cell phone or camera. When he opened the door, one of the juveniles suddenly and without provocation slapped him in the face. The entire group then fled, laughing as they ran toward Principia Drive.

Due to the age of the victims and the random, unprovoked nature of the attacks, the Major Crimes Unit began to investigate. With the assistance of the Youth Services Division, all of the teenagers captured in the witnesses’ cell phone pictures were quickly identified, including the suspect. After being interviewed by detectives, the suspect admitted to both random attacks, which were witnessed by other teenagers.

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