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'Sock-n-Lock' Attack Reported on Student at School Bus Stop

A boy encouraged by his stepfather to attack reportedly carried out that plan at a school bus stop on Causeway Boulevard.

 

A 13-year-old student at a school bus stop on Causeway Boulevard reportedly was "brutally attacked" by a 14-year-old boy, encourged by his stepfather and armed with a "homemade weapon consisting of a sock with padlocks," according to a report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The weapon on the street commonly is referred to as a "sock-n-lock."

Jamal R. Shields, 30, of 3905 Rose Dale Drive in Brandon, reportedly drove his stepson to the bus stop, at 7710 Causeway Blvd., and encouraged him to attack the victim, and then "did nothing to stop the attack."

The attack reportedly was planned in advance and the victim, who lives in Ruskin, was transported to a local hospital for treatment, according to the report.

"The incident stemmed from a fight two weeks prior at the school [the boys] attend together," the report noted. The school reportedly is AMI Kids, formerly known as Tampa Marine Institute.

Shields faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and contributing to the delinquency of a child. His stepson reportedly faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

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