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Largo men accused of beating 16-year-old boy

LARGO — Two men accused of severely beating a teenager they thought had thrown something at their car were arrested Wednesday, police said.

Juan Ramon Gomez-Torres, 29, and Efrain Bermudez, 24, both of Largo, face charges of aggravated child abuse and strong arm robbery.

The two men were driving along 142nd Avenue in Largo about 10:30 p.m. on July 12 when they "mistakenly thought" a 16-year-old boy walking along the same street near the entrance of the Whispering Pines mobile home park had thrown something at their car, Largo police arrest affidavits show.

They chased the boy. Gomez-Torres and Efrain Bermudez punched and kicked the teen as he lay on the ground, according to the affidavits, and then stole his cell phone.

The victim does not know the two men, police said.

A couple of days after the beating, the teen went to All Children's Hospital for treatment. He had sustained serious injuries that included a fractured skull and broken jaw, according to the affidavits, and had to undergo emergency surgery. He has since been released, police said.

A Largo police detective tracked down Gomez-Torres and Efrain Bermudez. They were booked into the Pinellas County jail, where they remained Thursday without bail.

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