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Three people arrested for punching wheelchair-bound man

Detectives arrested the trio after a video circulates on social media
Three arrested for punching man in wheelchair
Posted at 1:17 PM, Aug 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-03 12:47:48-04

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — Three people were arrested for punching a wheelchair-bound man in North Fort Myers on Saturday.

Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies began investigating the situation after seeing a video of the attack on social media.

Investigators say two teenagers got into a fight with a wheelchair-bound man at Farmer Jack Market.

In the video, you can see one of the teens approach the victim and punch him in the face. Later on, the second suspect grabbed a trash can and threw it at the victim.

In an incident report provided by police, the teens accused the man of verbally harassing them, including making cat-calls and other derogatory statements prior to the physical altercation.

A third person recorded the incident and helped the two others flee the area.

The two teens in the video are being charged with the battery of a disabled adult.

The third person who was recording the attack on video was charged with accessory after the fact.