A Marine and his wife were attacked outside a movie theatre Christmas night after asking a group of teens to be quiet during a movie.
The attack escalated into an fracus attracting approximately 300 bystanders. As a result, four teens and an adult were arrested, according to Manatee County Sheriffs Office reports.
Federico Freire, 27, who is on leave from Afghanistan, went to the movies at the Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St. E., to see "Little Fockers" with his wife Kayln.
Freire said a group of about 20 teens were being obnoxious and loud during the movie. When they were asked to be quiet, some of teens began cussing. Kayln Freire went to find a manager and the youths were asked to leave. The couple left shortly afterwards.
We were just so aggravated. We thought, Forget this, were out of here, Federico Freire said during an interview Monday.
As they exited the theatre just before 10 p.m., Kayln Freire was surrounded by about 15 girls who looked as if they were going to attack her, Federico Freire said.
A witness said he had a firearm in his vehicle and offered to escort the couple to safety. Federico Freire said he told his wife to go with the witness to get her out of harms way.
Seven males then surrounded Federico Freire and began to kick and punch him.
I got back up to defend myself and they started running everywhere, he said. A crowd of more than 100 people began to form.
When Freire looked over at his wife, he saw a young male with his shirt off who punched her in the face, knocking her out. Freire went after the youth and the witness brandished his gun telling the crowd to step back.
Deputies soon arrived. As deputies were investigating, the manager of the theater asked anyone without a ticket to leave.
When a deputy asked one juvenile to leave several times, the teenager refused and hit the deputy, the release said.
At one point, Destiny McNeil, 20, a relative of the juvenile attempted to intervene in the arrest and was arrested herself, the release said. Another male juvenile also hit the same deputy in the arm and resisted arrest after he was asked to leave the area. At that point, there were about 300 people involved in the incident.
All available deputies were asked to come out to the theater to help restore order to the area, the release said. The manager then shut down the theatre.
Im fine. My wifes face is all swollen up. Shes got cuts in the inside of her mouth. I was able to defend myself pretty good because of my training, but I was more worried about her, Freire said.
The situation is under investigation by the sheriffs office and the charges and names of the juveniles who were arrested have not been released. Their ages range from 15 to 17-years-old, deputies said.
McNeil was charged with resisting arrest without violence and was released from Manatee County jail Sunday on a $750 bond.
I teach in an inner city high school in Miami Dade County and I have for about 14 years. Destiny McNeil is exactly the demographic I face every day. A couple of years ago a teacher in my school was jumped outside his classroom and his jaw broken in three places. He never returned to the system and he was a great teacher. If they'll attack an armed police officer, what do you think they'll do to a teacher? They have no respect for any sort of authority. None. By "they" I'm not referring to the good kids, the ones who want to learn and graduate and get into college. I'm referring to the animals who come to school so they can prey on others and victimize teachers, knowing they'll never be properly punished by a liberal school system. It sickens me. Thank the Lord, I'm edging closer and closer to retirement before I take one of them out. That's the main reason I'm untouched. I always show my kids at the start of the year a slide presentation combined with movies of me in the army from long ago as well as recent stuff of me competing in IDPA matches and my Aikido training classes. Most of 'em just don't like the odds when they see 'em. After the last attack my kids all asked me if I was now "afraid to come to work?" To which I replied thusly in a sad and tired tone: "Look, I'm too young to die and too old to take an A$$ whuppin' so .... I'm just gonna KILL ya!" Their eyes were the size of dinner plates and one whispered: "Yeah, we sorts thought you'd say that." And that's all. But I think I've done my time in the 'Hood. I need to get out before it becomes a self fulfilling prophesy.