Vero Beach Man Tries To Gouge Deputy’s Eye Out

Man arrested after physical altercation with a juvenile at basketball courts in Vero Beach.
Man arrested after physical altercation with a juvenile at basketball courts in Vero Beach.

VERO BEACH, Florida – A 22-year-old man was arrested in Vero Beach after a physical altercation with a 15-year-old victim, and for trying to gouge the eye out of a sheriff’s deputy.

Jontavius King was in a fight with a juvenile at the basketball courts of the South County Park. Witnesses told the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office that King struck the victim several times before their arrival.

King attempted to flee on a bicycle once a deputy arrived. During a struggle, the deputy received an injury to his left eye, according to the report.

The deputy was transported to the Indian River Medical Center for treatment.

King was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail where he was charged with battery, felony aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, and felony resisting arrest with violence.

Bond set at $55,000.

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott is a new resident of Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.
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