According to Polk County Sheriff’s detectives who interviewed and arrested the suspects, they met up Jarred Register at a gas station at U.S. 27 and 1st Avenue in South Lake Wales during the late evening hours on Saturday, May 19. The plan, detectives say, was to drive to the home of the victim, on Easy Street in Lake Wales, to “get back” at him for earlier incident that day.
The group, detectives say, got to the home of the intended victim, and were met outside when the man who owned the house, who was the intended victim’s father, walked out with his son and told the teens to get off their property.
But rather than leave, detectives say the teens battered both the father and his 17-year-old son. After the alleged beatings, the son was driven to the hospital by his father, where he was treated for skull fractures and facial lacerations. His father sustained “less serious” injuries, detectives reported.
On May 23, detectives arrested two men, Austin Owens and Jarred Register, and charged them in this assaut.
with thobtained warrants for their arrests. Register was located earlier today (May 23rd) and was placed under arrest.
Register, 18, of Fort Meade, was booked into the Polk County Jail that night. He had a warrant for his arrest for one count of aggravated battery and one count of battery for beating up the 17-year-old and his father. Owens also had a warrant out for his arrest.
Also charged were 18-year-old Hali Marie Simmons of 818 Hart Lake St. in Winter Haven; 19-year-old Spencer Thad Harper of 512 80 Foot Road in Bartow; and 19-year-old Nicholas Hollifield of 281 80 Foot Road in Bartow. All three were charged with one count of aggravated battery, one count of battery and one count of trespassing.
Hollifield turned himself in to the Bartow Police Department on May 23 ”and made a full confession to the crimes,” noted Carrie Eleazer, public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the arrest. ”Hali Simmons, identified as Jarred Register’s girlfriend, also cooperated with detectives and confessed.”
Eleazer said they were able to track down Register after he posted on his own personal Facebook page on Sunday May 20 that he had “chased people down” in Lake Wales and got into a physical fight.
”He later deleted the post,” Eleazer noted, while adding that Harper ”told detectives that he had used Xanax the night of the fight and didn’t clearly remember the details, but was heard bragging to others that evening that he had ‘slammed a kid into a boat’ and ‘beat up a dad or uncle.’ ”
Detectives say Owens, of 6901 Maggy Drive in Bartow, and Register, of 6788 Lake Buffum Road in Fort Meade, were wanted on felony warrants charging them with aggravated battery.
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