Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Public safety

Teens attacked neighbors over home-grown pot, Pasco deputies say

HOLIDAY — Five teens are accused of attacking their neighbors in a dispute over a marijuana plant.

The teens — three boys and two girls, ranging in age from 15 to 17 — tried to barge into a home on Jackson Drive about 7:45 p.m. Friday, deputies said. They dragged a woman outside and beat the man who ran out of the home to help her, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

The man was knocked unconscious, and the teens continued to punch him and beat him with a baseball bat and a metal pipe, the report said. He suffered "severe damage" to his face, including possible facial fractures, deputies said.

The teens, whom the Times is not naming due to their age, were charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and attempted burglary. They were upset because they believed the man had stolen their marijuana plant, Pasco sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin told the Times' coverage partner, Bay News 9.

Authorities have not found the plant.

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