Two teenage gang members were arrested on felony battery charges after Winter Haven police said they attacked and knocked unconscious another teenager on school bus Monday afternoon.
Christopher Dawayne Lewis, 15, who was convicted of battery this year, was already in a juvenile justice diversion program when he was arrested, police said.
The other suspect, Jo’Terious Lee Denmark, 14, was on probation on a battery charge and had been banned from ride Polk County school buses due to a fight in 2013, police said. He faces additional charges of occupied conveyance burglary and violation of probation.
The attacked occurred about 1:48 p.m. near the front of a bus carrying students from Woods Opportunity School to Winter Haven High School, police said. The bus had come to a stop at Fourth Street and Avenue K Southeast.
Lewis and Denmark said they targeted 15-year-old Armani Dorsey, who appeared asleep two seats behind the driver, according to a police report.
Lewis was a row behind when he told two other passengers to get their cellphone cameras ready because he was about to strike the resting teen, police said. Denmark was in a seat across the aisle, police said.
Lewis reached over the seat and slapped Dorsey, police said. The boy immediately stood and faced the rear of the bus to see who slapped him.
Denmark then stood and reached from behind Dorsey, punching him in the face, police said. Dorsey fell after being punched and lost consciousness, police said.
Lewis and Denmark immediately exited the bus and fled, police said.
An attendant on the bus, who was sitting in the front seat directly behind the driver and in front of the targeted teen, immediately rendered aid with the help of another student.
Paramedics were called and Dorsey was taken off the bus unconscious, police said. Medical workers revived him and he seems to have sustained no long-tern effects from the punch, police said.
An investigation included video from the cellphones, and Lewis and Demark were arrested Tuesday and taken to the county’s juvenile assessment facility.
The suspects, who are associated with the Trap Boy Chris Gang, told investigators the attack was in retaliation to a previous gang incident, a police report said. They said the Dorsey was in another gang called the 600 Bloods, the report said.
No other students were hurt during the incident.