SEMINOLE COUNTY, Florida. – Two men are facing charges after a pair of teenagers said they were attacked and threatened while driving in a Sanford neighborhood.
According to an arrest report from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the men hit the rear passenger door with an orange cone and smashed the window with a rock.
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16-year-old driver Jermaine Jones posted a video of the confrontation on social media, which is now going viral.
The video shows the teenager meeting a group of neighbors in the Lake Forest housing estate after his car was damaged. In an interview with News 6 on Thursday, Jones said he started recording because he feared for his life.
“It didn’t even feel real,” Jones said. “I actually had to take my shirt off because I had glass all over it. The back seat, there’s glass everywhere. My friend also had glass all over him,” Jones continued.
The video shows the stone sitting in the back seat, surrounded by shards of glass. Neighbors can be heard saying, “Get out of this neighborhood. You don’t belong here.
Deputies then arrested Donald Corsi and Howard Hughes, according to Seminole County Court records. Corsi was charged with property and weapons damage for launching a “missile” into a vehicle. Hughes also faces a property damage charge, as well as a battery charge. According to an arrest report, a teenager was hit in the stomach with the cone.
Jones admits the confrontation happened after he drove through the gated neighborhood on Tuesday on his way to a friend’s house.
“When we arrived in the neighborhood, we turned into the street. I guess people who lived on that street didn’t like the way I turned around the corner,” Jones said.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said surveillance video from a neighbor’s home is now part of its investigation. It appears to show Jones unstuck, with a passenger hanging out of the window.
“I can admit when I’m wrong,” Jones said. “I was speeding up a bit, but anyway, I don’t think it’s justified for them to throw a rock at my car rather than call the police.”
Jones’ mother, Niko Jones, said her son called her and told her what happened as she was cooking dinner on Tuesday night. She said her heart sank.
“My son could have been seriously injured,” Jones said. “They threw a rock, a brick, at a moving vehicle.”
Niko Jones said she would like to see additional charges filed in the case.
“There are children, I was told, who cross this neighborhood all the time, but they are not of its color. So I’m pretty sure this all happened because my son is black,” Jones said.
The arrest report obtained by News 6 shows there were two teenagers in the car – Jones and his friend, who is white.
News 6 contacted the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and asked if race was a factor in their investigation.
A spokesperson said they believe it was initiated by Jones’ speeding. They consult with the state’s attorney’s office, which will decide if additional charges should be filed.
Court records show Corsi and Hughes have both released from jail and will appear in court for arraignment scheduled for August 16. News 6 has reached out to both men for comment, but our attempts to speak to them were unsuccessful.
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