Saturday, December 30, 2006

Homeless men fend off attack

Two homeless men struck back after they were attacked in an area of Gibsonton* where the homeless are robbed regularly of the pay they earn working for a nearby labor pool.

The attack appeared to have been planned, said a spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Three young men threw rocks at the homeless men and knocked them down. But when the attackers moved in to beat and kick them, the homeless men fought back.

The young men's families tried to say that they were the victims, but sheriff's deputies released the homeless men and charged the young men with aggravated assault and battery.

Read the St. Petersburg Times story here.
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* Gibsonton, not far from Tampa, was famous as a sideshow wintering town, where various circus "freaks" would spend the off season. It was home to Percilla the Monkey girl, the Anatomical Wonder, and the Lobster Boy. Siamese twin sisters ran a fruit stand here.

3 Comments:

At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

they weren't homeless and the other boys were the victums so get your story straight. i know it is my cousin thats laid up in the hospital in critical condition.

 
At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

gibtown soldiers 4-life....all ya'll haters just remember that!!!

 
At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Stormy said...

how do you know they weren't homeless? did you see where they live yo?jiffy was like my brother man he was a damn good man who would have done anything he could to help them in anyway.so back of my friend jiffy he isnt here today to defend himself but he does have family like me ....Rest In Pe@ce Jiffy xoxoxoxox

 

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