Deputies: 13-year-old attacks jogger with knife

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Englewood, Florida -- Sarasota Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 13-year-old Englewood boy for attacking a jogger with a knife Tuesday evening.

Deputies say the victim was jogging near Lemon Avenue and Bayshore Drive around 5:40 p.m., when a teen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt ran up behind him and slashed his neck with a sharp object. The victim tried to pursue his attacker, but the boy threw the 15-inch bread knife at him and fled. The jogger had a neighbor call for help and was treated at Venice Regional Bayfront Health and released.

Deputies say the jogger knows the boy and was able to give them a description of him, his parents and the area in which he lived. His family confirmed to deputies that he left the house wearing a red sweatshirt shortly before the attack occurred. Another family member said Reel plays with knives and hides them in the area.

Deputies searched for the boy throughout the night and took him into custody at 10:25 this morning. He has been charged with attempted first degree murder.

In keeping with our 10 News Guidelines, we will not be naming the teen. "3. We will not report the names, or show the pictures, of juveniles unless they have been charged with a crime as an adult. Even then, the final decision will be made by the News Director."


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