Big Coppitt Key – An 18 year old Marathon boy is under arrest for shooting a man in the side with a dart from a “blow gun”.
The victim was in the parking lot of the Circle K convenience store with his wife just before 11 p.m. Wednesday when he felt a sharp sting on his right side. He found a dart sticking in his shirt and saw a green vehicle pull quickly away from the parking lot and head north on the highway.
He called the Sheriff’s Office and met with Deputy Joe Cortner. Deputy Cortner put a notice to be on the lookout for a green sedan with lots of stickers on the back window. The victim was taken to the hospital upon his request; he said he was concerned about what the dart may have had on it.
Just before 3 a.m., Deputy Spenser Bryan spotted a similar vehicle on Big Pine Key and pulled it over. Several people were in the car. The deputy also found a PVC pipe in the car; 18 year old Michael Brabham of Marathon admitted to shooting the victim with a dart using the PVC pipe.
Brabham was arrested and charged with aggravated battery. The victim was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.