Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Public safety

Third teen charged with murder in beating of homeless man

NEW PORT RICHEY — Officers arrested a third teen in connection with the brutal beating of a homeless man who died in June — this time on a charge of second-degree murder.

Allan Youngerman, 16, was arrested Friday, almost three months after his brother, Brandon, 17, and friend Anthony Frederick Phillips, 15, were brought in on charges of aggravated battery.

The victim, Franklin Randolph, 54, told police that three teens came to his camp June 25 and savagely beat him. They kicked and punched him and spit on him. One grabbed a stick "large enough to swing like a baseball bat and struck him with it," a New Port Richey police report states. Another threw a concrete block and a bottle of urine at him.

A police report says "a witness" saw Phillips and Allan Youngerman beating the man.

Randolph was found later in his homeless camp, coated in dirt, feces and urine. Insects swarmed his bloody body. His nose was broken.

Randolph died June 29. A medical examiner determined blunt force trauma was the cause.

Michael Youngerman doubted that either of his sons would have done such a thing.

"This was an ungodly act," he said the week of the beating, "and this wasn't in Brandon or Allan's character."

Brandon was with him all day that Tuesday, Michael Youngerman said, helping clean the house. On Friday night, his younger son, Allan, admitted that he, not Brandon, was the one with Anthony that day.

Youngerman said his boys had taken Randolph a sandwich the Monday before the beating. The brothers liked him, he said. They cared for him. He alleged Randolph was incoherent when he identified Youngerman's sons to investigators.

Both boys have substantial arrest records.

Since age 11, Brandon has been arrested nine times and pleaded guilty to several charges including aggravated battery, credit card fraud, burglary, resisting an officer with violence, battery on an emergency worker and battery on a law enforcement officer.

During an arrest in 2012, police say, he threatened to kill one officer's family and blow up the police station.

Allan, arrested six times since 2010, has pleaded guilty to battery three times.

Anthony Phillips has never been arrested.

Contact Alex Orlando at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.

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