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Five teens face charges in beating of elderly man in Escambia County
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- An elderly Escambia County man was allegedly beaten and bruised by a group of teenagers, some as young as 12 and 13 years old.
The attack happened near the intersection of Highway 98 and Navy Boulevard.
The John Redick, 77, received only minor injuries after he was allegedly attacked. According to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, the teenagers beat Redick with a stick and even a soda can.
"Attacking another person is horrible" said Dianna Smathers.
Dianna Smathers says she has two kids of her own, and the crimes children are accused of doing nowadays are getting out of control.
"I think society has changed a lot, and there are things that just happen no one would have made excuses for or let happen" said Smathers.
The teenage suspects are Shaknee Golay, 19, Alicia Wilson, 15, Keyon Black, 16, Demetrius Wilson, 12, and Javontae Wilson, 13.
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office says the teenagers chased Redick down the boardwalk nature trail and beat him. Once Redick reached the gas station parking lot at the end of the boardwalk, the teen suspects left the scene as deputies arrived.
Redick suffered several welts and cuts from the attack.
Some Escambia County residents feel better parenting could have stopped the attack from happening.
"I think it all starts at home how they're brought up and how they're disciplined at home and what they're taught" said Charlie Szad, Escambia Co. Resident.
"I think a lot of it has to do with parents not being involved with their kids' lives" said Stormi Duncan, Escambia Co. Resident.
Not everyone is so quick to place all the blame on the parents.
"Most of us do the best we can, sometimes our kids fall in with the wrong people and sometimes our kids just do things we don't know about" said Smathers.
All of the teenagers involved are facing aggravated assault charges. Keyon Black, Demetrius Wilson and Javontae Wilson each face an additional aggravated battery charge.