A 14-year-old boy was left with cuts and a swollen face after authorities say an 18-year-old attacked him with brass knuckles.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Robert Rice Reynolds V late Sunday night at his parents’ home in the 4100 block of Gleneagles Drive in suburban Boynton Beach. He faces a charge of aggravated battery with a weapon.
Deputies responded to the 14-year-old’s home to reports of a fight that happened earlier Sunday.
The boy told deputies he and some friends were at a pool days before when Reynolds’ younger brother took their clothes and other items. The boy said he and two friends were to meet Reynolds’ younger brother Sunday to retrieve their things.
As the three walked toward the meeting place, the Canyon Lakes Town Center, the probable cause affidavit says the two friends saw Reynolds and started running. The 14-year-old ran, too, but was caught by Reynolds who struck him twice in the face. The affidavit says Reynolds allegedly said to the boy, “You ever had metal to your face? … You mess with my brother again, I’ll kill you.”
A deputy wrote in the affidavit that the 14-year-old had two deep gashes on his cheek and red, black and blue swelling around his eye and right side of his face.
A witness said she was walking home when she saw Reynolds sitting shirtless in a parked car with his girlfriend, younger brother and a friend. She said she saw the three other boys walking, then two began running. She then heard Reynolds yelling at the 14-year-old before punching him twice with brass knuckles and then getting back into the vehicle.
Reynolds was released on supervision from the Palm Beach County Jail Monday evening.