Pinellas Park man victimized for 2nd time in 24 hours

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - A car belonging to an 83-year-old man who was attacked and stabbed Tuesday morning was stolen Tuesday night, police say.

It's believed the theft occurred sometime between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.

The car, belonging to Charles Clark, was recovered by St. Petersburg police later Wednesday morning.  

One suspect has been arrested. He is identified as Antonio Peterson, 16

Two other suspects, Xavier Peterson,13 and Jazmine Burney, 15 are still being sought.

Police say Burney and Antonio Peterson have active juvenile pickup orders for unrelated criminal offenses.

Tuesday morning, police said Clark was attacked by the three teenagers outside his apartment building.

The attack happened just before 10 a.m. at the Park Plaza Apartments on 76th Avenue North.

Clark said he had just pulled into a parking spot when the teenagers attacked him.

"I just screamed like hell. I hollered, and hollered and hollered, and I kept hitting him," Clark said.

Hours after he was attacked, Clark was back home with bandages covering his left arm, cuts and bruises on his face.

Clark said someone approached him from behind him after he got out of his car and stabbed him in the arm, but he fought back.

"I hit him as hard as I could a couple times, and I think I knocked him down," Clark said.

In the chaos, he screamed for help. Neighbor Mark Lindsey heard the struggle from his third floor apartment.

"I just heard someone yelling and I looked out the window and saw someone punching him," said Lindsey. "That was awful. It was the worst thing I'd ever seen."

Lindsey ran downstairs as quick as he could, but by then the attackers had run off.

"It was horrible. Seeing the blood all over him, all over the ground and everything and just hearing the man scream. It was like -- nothing I could do from the third floor," Lindsey said.

He stayed with Clark until paramedics arrived. Both men now want whoever did this to be punished.

"I hope he gets charged with something serious because that was definitely the wrong thing to do," Lindsey said.

Clark believes the teens were trying to steal his car.

Clark's son told ABC Action News he believes the attackers made off with his father's car keys when they fled.

Police were checking area high school attendance records in an effort to track down the teenagers responsible.

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