IMMOKALEE, Fla. - A third teenager has just been arrested in a brutal Collier County assault that one the victims believes was fueled by hate. The arrest came after a little detective work of his own.
"It took me a while to understand who I was, but once I got the big picture, I was okay with it," Cirildo Soliz said.
21-year-old Soliz is comfortable in his own skin.
"I just live life the way I want to live," Soliz said.
He and his friend Manuel are gay, and believe that on September 21st, they were targeted for that very reason. They were walking down Carson Road in Immokalee.
"All I heard was you stupid f*****s, that's what you get, you stupid f*****s, and that's all I heard, and they started attacking us," Soliz said.
"They just overpowered us, because one of them hit me really good in my eye and it dazed me," Manuel said.
The violent assault was a blur. At first, they only knew their attackers' first names. So Soliz turned to Facebook.
"I am friends with a lot of people here in Immokalee, so I just went on facebook and already kind of knew who he hung out with, so I just got on their pages and found them real quick," Soliz said. "I knew what I was looking for."
Thanks to social media, the Collier County Sheriff's Office arrested two juveniles along with 18-year-old Jonathan Rodriguez. Neighbors directed us to his home, but we got no answer.
"My thumb, this was a little swollen," Soliz said showing where he was injured.
The cuts and scratches are healing. Soliz hopes, that out of this, comes a lesson of tolerance.
"Everybody's equal no matter, no matter what they are or who they are," Soliz said. "It just doesn't matter. You should be able to let people live their lives and not bother them."
Jonathan Rodriguez is charged with Misdemeanor Battery. Since we first talked to Soliz last week, he says he's gotten Facebook friend requests and messages from people offering support and words of encouragement.