Father of beating suspect: Keep my son in jail - FOX 13 News

Father of beating suspect: Keep my son in jail

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The third suspect in the beating and robbery of an elderly Pinellas Park man is in custody, police say.

Jazmine Burney, 15, was the last of three teen who investigators say attacked 83-year-old Charlie Clark Tuesday.

Earlier Thursday, FOX 13's Steve Nichols spoke to Antonio Peterson, Sr., the father of the other two suspects: Antonio Peterson Jr. and Xavier Peterson.

Peterson says he knew police were looking for his oldest son, Antonio Peterson, Jr, but was surprised 13-year old Xavier was also involved in Tuesday's armed robbery of an 83-year old Pinellas Park man.

"I don't know who influenced who, all I know they made a dumb mistake, dumb decision, dumb everything," the brothers' father said. "I feel sorry for the individual that it happened to."

Thursday morning, a juvenile court judge ordered that the older brother be held for three weeks for evaluation. The younger brother appears before a judge Friday morning.

All three teens are believed to be involved with an attempted carjacking Tuesday morning. Charles Clark was grabbed from behind after he exited his car outside his condominium. He was stabbed three times in the arm and suffered other injuries in a struggle, allegedly with Antonio Peterson, Jr.

Clark's screams got the attention of a neighbor, who helped scare off the assailants. However they did get Clark's keys, and are accused of returning that night and stealing his car.

The car was recovered Wednesday morning, and police say the fingerprints of all three suspects were found in the vehicle.

Burney and the older Peterson brother were already subjects of juvenile arrest warrants. Antonio Peterson's father told FOX 13 News last month he pleaded with juvenile authorities to keep his son locked up.

"Keep him. You know why?" Peterson said. "Because you keep giving him chance after chance, chance after chance. Guess what? He going to keep doing the same thing until you give him 21 days or something."

That is exactly what happens next in this case. During that time, a counselor will evaluate the suspect, and prosecutors will decide whether to leave him in the juvenile justice system, or ask a judge that he be tried as an adult.

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