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Girl, 13, arrested after allegedly using a pocketknife to assault 17-year-old boy

The incident occurred at Holland Park in Palm Coast on Sunday, Oct. 29.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

A 13-year-old Palm Coast girl was arrested Oct. 29 after multiple people saw her brandishing a pocketknife and stabbing at a 17-year-old boy on the basketball courts at Holland Park. The boy was not harmed.

The girl denied threatening the older boy with a knife but told a deputy that she'd confronted him because he'd "stomped" one of her friends in a fight earlier, the deputy wrote in an arrest affidavit.

The girl said that she and a group of friends had arrived at the park at about noon and had gotten into a fight with another group of kids. She said she wasn't involved and that everyone fled after it was over. But later, she came back to the park and saw a boy she believed had hurt one of her friends in another fight the day before.

The girl told a deputy that "She asked him what made him think it was OK to stomp her friend. She allegedly repeated this several times while keeping her hands to herself."

The boy told the deputy that he'd been "playing basketball minding his own business" when the younger girl confronted him. He told the deputy there had been a fight the previous day, but that he'd been the only one trying to break it up. 

He tried to tell the girl that, but, he told the deputy, "she refused to listen and brandished a pocketknife of some sort and made a motion as if she was trying to stab (him)," and he "deflected the knife several times by redirecting her strikes."

The girl and her friends then ran south on Florida Park Drive, and the girl tossed the pocketknife, the boy said.

Two witnesses told the deputy that they saw the girl confront the older boy and then pull out a pocketknife, or something that looked like a pocketknife, and scuffle with the boy. One witness said he'd seen the boy use his hands to deflect the blows and heard him telling the girl to stop.

Deputies didn't find the pocketknife. When a deputy confronted the girl with the accusation that she'd threatened the boy with a pocketknife, she said "that if she had a pocketknife and was trying to stab (the boy) she would have done it," the deputy wrote in the affidavit. She said that one of her friends had a pocketknife, but denied having taken it at any point herself.

Deputies charged the girl with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 


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