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Aptos Resident Put In ICU After Beat-Up By Teen, Police Say

It is believed that the older man might have asked the 16-year-old Aptos boy to move his car, which might have started the incident.

By Bay City News Service:    

A weekend party in Aptos that Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies had to disband triggered a scuffle between a juvenile and a 71-year-old resident that left the elder resident in intensive care and the juvenile facing felony charges.

According to sheriff's Deputy Ryan Kennedy, partygoers at a house in the 700 block of Skyward Drive were told to leave around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Neighbors had complained that the party was loud and that cars on the private road were blocking other homeowners' driveways.

 It is believed that the older man might have asked the 16-year-old Aptos boy to move his car, which might have started the incident, Kennedy said.

 The victim was allegedly beaten by the suspect and found by his wife with swelling and cuts to his face. He was taken to the hospital, and later released.

On Sunday, the man returned to the hospital for further treatment and doctors determined that the man had suffered from complications related to the assault, Kennedy said. He remains in the Intensive Care Unit, where he is being monitored.

 "This is very strange. We know that originally the victim was trying to get people to move their vehicles, but we don't know what caused such a violent reaction from the suspect -- this was uncalled for and completely unacceptable," Kennedy said.

 Kennedy said protocol for disbanding an out-of-control party is for deputies to make contact with the party host and disperse the crowd. Once the attendees are in the process of leaving the party, deputies move on to the next call.

 "During that same time that night, we received four house party calls, in addition to theft calls, domestic violence ... We're pretty good at evaluating situations and this is an unusual occurrence that is very rare," he said. "You can imagine people being upset that the party is over but this was particularly violent."

 The juvenile was arrested Tuesday morning at the sheriff's office and taken to juvenile hall. He is being charged with felony battery and elder abuse, Kennedy said.

 Detectives are continuing to investigate the case and anyone with information is asked to call (831) 454-2311.

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Jon Fiorovich March 06, 2014 at 12:12 PM
THis is news? This happened 5 days ago! The Patch has changed since the departure of Brad Kava.
Scott C. March 06, 2014 at 12:26 PM
Agreed. Ever since AOL sold Patch off to Hale Global and laid off all their local editors it is no longer up to date local news. Instead it is now overdue news feeds from various internet sources. So long Patch, time to find my local news elsewhere!
Jon Fiorovich March 07, 2014 at 01:40 AM
But where? Any news on the Aptos teen hanging himself, last week?
Steve Premo March 07, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Not only is it old news, it's sourced to Bay City News, a San Francisco outfit. I guess it works like this: the semi-local Santa Cruz Sentinel (an edition of the San Jose Mercury) runs the story. It gets picked up by Bay City News. Patch editors go through the Bay City News stories and re-post them to the Patch for the communities they came from, several days after being reported in the Senile.

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