After-School Confrontation Near Buddy Taylor, a Racism-Motivated Burglary at Kangaroo
FlaglerLive | April 2, 2015
A 16-year-old Buddy Taylor Middle School student on his way home from school with a friend Tuesday afternoon reported to police, through his mother, that he was set upon by a group of five students from the school and was injured as a result.
The child’s mother learned of the confrontation on Parkview Drive when she got a call from the school administration informing her that word of the fight had been going around school. The alleged victim said that the group started threatening him and his friend, offering to fight one of them. When the boy told them to leave them alone, “one of the males pushed him and said to move or fight him,” he incident report on the altercation states.
The alleged aggressor then proceeded to push the boy again, dropped his backpack and raised his fists. Again the boy told him he was not interested in fighting. Again the alleged aggressor egged him on, pushing his bicycle away and telling him to fight. The boy then put down his backpack and tried to dodge and ignore the aggressor’s swings, but eventually, according to the report, punched the other boy in the stomach.
The alleged aggressor then pushed the 16 year old to the ground and asked him if he was hurt, to which the boy laughed. At that point, another one of the boys in the group allegedly stomped on the victim’s face, leaving a mark that sheriff’s deputies documented. A pedestrian eventually stopped and contacted 911.
Though all those involved attend Buddy Taylor Middle School, the victim said he was not familiar with them. He only knew they attend school there. H was not sure if he would be able to identify the aggressor, he told police. “He just wants to be left alone and is afraid that it will happen again,” the report states. His mother, however, wants to pursue charges should the person who stomped on her son were identified.
The incident was to be further investigated through the school resource officer.
Racism-Motivated Burglary at Kangaroo
Christopher Confusione is a 24-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s P-Section. Wednesday evening, he stopped to fill up gas at the Kangaroo station at the southwest corner of Palm Coast Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway. He was playing music on his car stereo.
Before police arrived at the scene, Confusione told the 911 operator that he was involved in a verbal altercation with a white woman he didn’t know, about his music, an incident report states. He was at pump 2. She was at pump 1. She found his music too loud and “began to yell at him,” the incident report states, saying, “I don’t want to listen to your nigger music.”
Confusione ignored the woman, walked into the store and carried out his transaction. He was in there about five minutes. When he went back to his car, the woman was gone, but the radio was off, and the system itself, a Boss Audio radio, valued at $70, was pulled from the center console and damaged. Confusione “believes the female unlawfully entered his vehicle,” the incident report states, “and pulled the radio from the center console.”
Surveillance video had not been available on Wednesday, and had not yet been reviewed as of Thursday, a sheriff’s spokesperson said. The investigation is ongoing.
The incident recalls somewhat similar circumstances of a notorious case at a gas station in Jacksonville where Michael Dunn, the evening after Thanksgiving in 2012, pulled up to fill gas near another car where the radio was playing loud and Dunn, also using a racially-motivated epithet about the music, told the teen-age occupants to turn it down. One of the occupants refused. The confrontation escalated. Dunn eventually pulled out a gun and started shooting as the boys in the car fled. One of them, Jordan Davis, was killed. Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder in October.
Man Threats 10-Year-Old Boy With a Gun in Boy’s Backyard
A 10-year-old boy told police that while he was cutting wood in his backyard on Elder Street in Bunnell just before noon Wednesday, a white bearded man with red hair pointed a firearm at him and threaten to shoot him.
The boy told police that the same man had appeared in or near the backyard the day before. When the boy reported the appearance to adults in the house, they told him immediately to order the person off the property. That’s what took place on Wednesday, the boy said, according to an incident report.
“After he told him such,” the report states, “he stated the male chambered a round in a handgun that he had in his hand and pointed this gun at him. He further stated that the male told him that he would shoot him. The gun was described as being black in color and possibly a Glock. After the male stated this he fled east into the woods from the back yard area. He had a shotgun strap on his back.
The man was described as being a white, red hair, red beard, medium build.
Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies, including a K-9 unit, searched the area but turned up nothing. The boy’s brother was at the house when the incident occurred, but he was inside and saw nothing. A neighbor told police she hadn’t seen anyone in the area matching the suspect’s description.
A White-Powder Incident
Tonell O’Daniel-Smith, a 44-year-old resident of Palm Coast, couldn’t figure out what the envelope, mailed from Bahrain, was all about: she knew no one in Bahrain. When she felt the nvelope, she thought she sensed a powdery substance. Wednesday evening, her husband, Keith Smith, 43, took the envelope to the sheriff’s Palm Coast precinct, saying the envelope contained an unknown white powdery substance. The envelope was left on the front seat of the car.
“I approached the car and through the window I observed the envelope and observed several indications which made me take caution,” a deputy reported. “The address where the envelope was mailed to was in the return address spot, the address was typed onto the envelope, there was an excess amount of postage placed on the envelope, the postage and stamps were from Bahrain and the envelope had been in circulation since January 5, 2015.”
Smith turned over the envelope and deputies called in St. Johns County’s Hazmat team, which conducted a series of tests.
The only item in the envelope was a “Chanel Sticker,” an incident report states, “which through the shipping label, was determined to have been ordered by Tonell.”