Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

3 Face Charges in Beating

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

3 Face Charges in Beating

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Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer

One man has been charged with attempted murder and a second man is being sought on the same charge after a Nassau County man was severely beaten for confronting them about selling marijuana in his neighborhood, authorities said.

The victim, a 36-year-old resident of James Road in Callahan, was in critical but stable condition yesterday at Shands Jacksonville hospital, Col. Tommy Seagraves of the Nassau County Sheriff's Office said. The injured man's name is not being released because one of the assailants was at large yesterday.

Witnesses told deputies three men who came to the street just off Buccaneer Trail about 6:30 p.m. Sunday were confronted by the victim, who accused them of drug dealing and told them to leave. Turning their car around at the dead end, the assailants drove back up the street, where one of the men exited the car and attacked the victim. A second man got out of the car and joined the attack, Seagraves said. The men fled after punching and kicking the victim and smashing him in the head with a chunk of concrete block after knocking him down, according to a report.

Farris Sinclay Melton, 24, of Callahan was arrested in Jacksonville Monday and charged with attempted murder. A warrant for attempted murder has been issued for Tari Dajuan Mitchell, 21, of Callahan, who police identified as the second attacker. The driver of the car, Gregory Joseph Crandell, 24, of Jacksonville, surrendered and has been charged as an accessory, Seagraves said.

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David Putney, 54, was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, said Sgt. Bobbi Schlatterer, spokeswoman for the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. …

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