Man beaten during drug deal, deputies say

Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.

Four men beat, pistol whipped and hit a Lake City man with a Taser after a drug deal went bad on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Kenzo A. Alvarado, 18, of High Springs, and Austin J.H. Wilmoth, 17, of Gainesville, were arrested and investigators are looking for two more suspects, said Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman Art Forgey.

The man who was injured, Joel A. Hall, 19, reportedly went to Jonesville Park around 5 p.m. Sunday to sell a half-pound of marijuana to the suspects for $1,700, Forgey said.

He took the weed out of his trunk and went into the back of a White GMC Safari to count the money, Forgey said. Once Hall was inside the van, Wilmoth pulled out a stun gun and jolted Hall with it several times, an arrest report states. Then, Wilmoth pulled out a silver handgun and pointed it at Hall, noted the report, and the four men punched and kicked him.

Hall later told deputies that Wilmoth accused him of stealing from him earlier, the report notes.

Also during the scuffle, one of the assailants pulled out a gun and Hall fought with him for it and the gun went off in the van, the report said.

When the van started moving, Hall opened a side door and jumped out, but it ran over left part of his leg, the report said. He still ran to his car, but, according to the report was overrun by Alvarado and Wilmoth. Alvarado put Hall into a chokehold and Wilmoth shouted at someone to “get some rope,” noted the report.

Hall managed to get away and the van drove off, but not before the suspects slashed Hall's tires, the report said. Hall drove to the Kangaroo on 4300 W Newberry Road on the flat tire and called police, Forgey said.

Hall gave police information about the suspects, and they were found a short time later.

Detectives searched the van and found rope, duct tape, a box of gloves, a knife and an empty stun gun. A bullet hole was found in the middle seat, the report said.

Alvarado was in the Alachua County Jail as of Monday morning with a $285,000 bond. Wilmoth is being processed by juvenile services.

Both suspects were charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, criminal mischief and robbery with a firearm.

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