Recent video showing an attack on an 11-year-old girl and her family at a Florida convenience store has police searching for a motive to the violent incident.
The event marks the second time in less than two months that Brandon Clanton, 18, has been arrested and charged in connection with an unprovoked convenience store attack on someone underage, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
Authorities allege that Julia Napiontex, 18, and Clanton began a physical altercation with four strangers outside a Circle K in Silver Springs.
In the video, a woman, identified as Tersa Elghali by news station WKMG, can be seen standing next to a red truck with the passenger door open. She is then approached by a woman and a man, later identified by deputies to be Napiontex and Clanton.
It then appears that some sort of verbal exchange takes place before Elghali takes a step forward and the female suspect allegedly begins to physically attack her.
Elghali's 11-year-old daughter, who can reportedly be seen jumping out of the truck, is immediately beaten and thrown to the ground. Meanwhile, another woman hops out of the truck’s bed and is also hurled to the ground.
Elghali's boyfriend, Jason Ellis, had been inside the convenience store when the fracas erupted, but later told WKMG he had also been attacked when he was walking back to the truck.
“Next thing I know, I'm turned around and I'm walking back toward the truck and I'm getting attacked," Ellis said, as quoted by WKMG. "When I saw an 11-year-old girl getting attacked, I don't know what to do.”
The footage shows the suspects walking away from the car before returning several times. The 11-year-old can be seen running across the parking lot, eventually running toward some gas pumps where Elghali told WKMG she hid with her daughter.
"I grabbed her and hid behind a gas tank, yelling at people to call the police," she told the news station.
Police confirmed that a motive for the attack has not yet been determined.
Marion County authorities were able to use video surveillance footage to identify Napiontek and Clanton, and they were later arrested.
Napiontek was charged with battery and aggravated child abuse, while Clanton was charged with battery and simple assault on a law enforcement officer, police said.
Clanton was already facing charges of aggravated child abuse stemming from an incident that took place on August 23, when police said the suspect "violently struck" an 17-year-old stranger at a convenience store.
The victim, who had been getting his grandmother something to drink at the time, required seven stitches to his face, police said.
He was out on bond for the August incident during the latest attack.
[Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Department/Facebook]
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