POLK CITY, Florida — Four Florida teens have been charged with beating up a romantic rival in his own driveway and then running over his mother as they made their getaway, leaving her clinging to life.
The Polk County Sheriff’s office says the teens, 18-year-old Elijah Stansell, 16-year-old Raven Sutton, 15-year-old Kimberly Stone, and 14-year-old Hannah Eubank, had purposely run over the rival’s mother with a van as they made their escape.
“This was a coordinated, planned attack, carried out by a group of teens who beat up a teen then ran over his mother, leaving her for dead,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “I can’t even fathom teenagers doing something so heinous. Our prayers are with this family.”
It all began when the teens showed up at the victim’s front door to challenge him to fight over someone he had been seeing, cops said
“The suspects banged on the victim’s front door, but the victim came out of the side door and into the carport to see who was there,” the Polk County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “The group of suspects ran to the carport, where Stansell physically attacked him. The victim retreated into his home, followed by Stansell and Sutton. At that time, the victim’s mom came home, and the suspects ran off.”
Authorities then say that the victim’s mother followed the four teens and began to take pictures of the suspects and the van with her cell phone as they were getting into the vehicle to make their escape.
Police say that Stansell then intentionally ran into the woman and then over her, even though there was plenty of room for him to drive away without doing so, according to witnesses at the scene of the crime.
“There were several eyewitnesses to the crime, along with home surveillance videos,” the Sheriff’s Department said in the statement. “The video footage shows the suspect approaching the front door, the group of suspects going around to the side and attacking the victim, the attack inside the home, the suspects fleeing, and the suspects running over the victim’s mother.”
She remains hospitalized in very critical condition, cops said.The Polk County Sheriff’s office said that the four suspects were subsequently interviewed by detectives and that all four admitted to confronting the victim involved in the attack at his home, fleeing the scene of the crime as well as being in the vehicle when Stansell intentionally ran over the mother of the victim. Stone had shown the others where the victim lived, but remained in the vehicle during the whole event while the other three suspects went to “handle” it.