Police: Man charged with felony for role in Saturday beating


Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

A Gainesville man has been charged in connection with a vicious beating that left another man hospitalized with a fractured orbital bone in his face and a broken nose.

Kenny Garcia, 21, of 700 SW 62nd Blvd., Apt. M148, was charged with aggravated battery for his role in the incident, which occurred Saturday, the Gainesville Police Department reported.

On that day, the victim said he was approached by an acquaintance named “Peter” at a residence in the 3200 block of Archer Road and was asked to talk outside.

When he stepped outside, he told police, he was jumped by three other men, who began to beat and kick him in the face, head and body. He fell to the ground, police reported, and later lost consciousness.

Witnesses to the beating told police the man lay defenseless and motionless on the ground while all three of the men kicked him.

One witness told police he saw one of the men — described as a young Hispanic man with a spiked mohawk and a “rat tail” that covered the back of his neck — run up to the victim and kick him in the head “as hard as he could” as the victim lay motionless in a pool of blood.

The victim later regained consciousness and was taken to the hospital, where police interviewed him and described him as having several lacerations on his face and his right eye swollen shut.

On Wednesday, Garcia called police to report that he had been involved in the beating but told officers the victim had hit him in the face with a bottle.

Garcia, who matched the description given by the witness, said he was protecting his brother, Peter, from being attacked when the victim struck him, police reported. He said he then beat the victim in self-defense, police reported. Garcia said he was the only one who struck or kicked the victim.

Police arrested Garcia on Wednesday after determining he acted outside the limits of self-defense, officers reported. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Thursday in lieu of $10,000 bond.

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