Teenagers arrested in elderly man's beating, robbery

PINELLAS PARK - Pinellas Park police arrested two boys Wednesday, a 16-year-old and a 13-year-old, in the beating and stabbing of an 83-year-old man who later had his vehicle stolen.

Wearing diamond studs in his ears and sporting an embroidered Spider-Man jacket, Antonio Peterson, 16, kept his head down as officers cuffed his hands.

"I am sorry to that man," Peterson said. "I apologize."

According to police, the teenager confessed to robbing and beating Charles Clark, but denied stabbing him.

Instead, Peterson, who goes by the nickname “Tone Tone,” blamed his 13-year-old brother Xavier and 15-year-old Jazmine Burney.

Xavier Peterson turned himself in to Pinellas County deputies Wednesday night, and police said he was involved in the theft of the vehicle, but denies taking part in the beating.

Officers are still hunting for Burney.  (Editor's Note: Jazmine Burney was the subject of a 2012 story about a near-abduction.  Read that story at http://wfts.tv/1lpYGAD.)

The three are suspected of victimizing Clark twice in less than 24 hours. Police accuse the group of beating Clark Tuesday and returning hours later to steal his vehicle.

Antonio Peterson has a lengthy criminal record that includes robbery and assault.  Police told ABC Action News he had an active warrant on an unrelated criminal case when they arrested him Wednesday.

Sgt. Adam Geissenberger said Peterson was back out on the streets because in other cases he merely received a slap on the wrist because he is a juvenile.

"The guidelines for juvenile sentencing is a lot different than adults. There are no minimum standards for juveniles," said Sgt. Geissenberger.

Peterson clearly wanted to be free Wednesday night.

"Come get me," Peterson said he told his father.

Peterson is expected to be in court in the morning. 

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