A Florida man hit a 12 year old kid in the face, knocking out his front teeth, and he was not even charged. No only was he not charged, but the man, claims self defense and says he plans to press charges against the kid who was attacked.
The 12-year-old boy, Malikai Villatte, said the man in question came upon him and his friends, screaming and cursing and then calling them the n-word when the altercation seriously escalated, reported Fox4Now.
“He was screaming at us, cursing at us, calling us the ‘n-word’ and he came down to the middle of his yard, and I was like ‘Who are you talking to?’ and he said ‘Come within arm’s reach and I’ll show you who I’m talking to.’”
“When I realized my teeth were dangling in my mouth, it was kind of shocking, I didn’t know what was going on,” Villatte said.
To make matters even worse, the attacker, Vincent Cerfalo, 27, insists that he acted in self-defense.
“I told them to back off and if they come on my property I’m going to defend myself. They said, ‘You won’t hit us, you won’t hit us,’ and they started to surround me,” Cerfalo said, adding that the incident started when he shouted at the kids to get out off the road because they were blocking traffic.
“He touched me and I lifted my hand out, and I ended up hitting him. It was not my intention to hit anybody that hard, it was not my intention to knock teeth out or do harm, or cause any kind of trouble,” Cerfalo claimed.
It is unclear why he believes that hitting a 12 year old kid hard enough to knock out his teeth falls into the ‘do no harm’ category, but the fact that he apparently believes it makes him even more dangerous.
Cerfalo said he plans to press charges against the 12-year-old, but the children said he was never touched during the incident.
“He’s not going to jail, nothing is happening to him, and he’s basically getting away with it right now,” Villatte said.
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has released a statement saying that the case would be handed over to the State Attorney’s Office:
The investigation of the incident included statements of multiple witness, many of whom were present and had varying levels of involvement in the altercation. The deputies on scene determined one of the juveniles involved was responsible for the altercation. Due to conflicting witness statements, it was determined the best course of action was to send the complete report to the State Attorney’s Office for review. The reporting deputy further requested the State Attorney approve a summons request for one of the juveniles on a charge of assault.
I am certain the deputies on scene investigated this incident in good faith the night it occurred. My goal as your Sheriff is that the community shares the same certainty. As such, I have directed members of our Investigations Division to review the evidence and statements obtained in this case and to work with the State Attorney’s Office directly to examine all aspects of the incident. As such, they will evaluate any additional applicable charges against the individuals involved.
Watch the Fox4 news report on the incident below:
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)