PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives arrested a 14-year-old boy and a 43-year-old adult, both homeless, for inflicting severe injuries to another homeless man under the northbound U.S. 41 Bridge in Port Charlotte. Lee Edward Allen Hill, and the juvenile were charged with felony Aggravated Battery.
CCSO received a call from employees of the nearby Race Trac, who said a 48-year-old man stumbled into their gas station at 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and appeared to have been severely beaten and was bleeding. The victim said he was beaten by Hill and the juvenile. The victim was transported by Charlotte County EMS to Fawcett Memorial Hospital. Doctors said he had broken facial bones and he was bleeding into his brain. Due to the severity of the injuries, Bay Flight flew the victim to Lee Memorial Hospital Trauma Center in Fort Myers for specialized treatment and surgeries.
Deputies responded to the underside of the bridge and met with Hill, the juvenile and the boy’s mother. All three were transported to the District Office to be interviewed. The boy's mother said there was an argument between the two men and the boy, so she left to get some beer and get some of her belongings from a nearby homeless area. She said when she returned Hill and her son walked out from under the bridge, both had blood on them. The two told her they fought with the victim and he left. The victim was punched, hit and kicked in the rib area and face causing the severe injuries.
Lee Hill and the boy were arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail. Hill remains in jail on no bond while the minor, was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Fort Myers.