July 5, 2012

One airlifted and two arrested after fight at Key Largo bar

A 23 year old Key Largo man was airlifted early today with injuries he received in a fight outside a Key Largo bar. Two other men were arrested and charged with inflicting those injuries. Investigations are continuing.

Deputies were dispatched to a fight at 12:30 a.m. at Coconut’s Bar on Caribbean Drive in Key Largo. When Deputy Vaughn O’Keefe arrived, he found Elvez Sosa unconscious in the parking lot. Witnesses said they’d seen three men near Sosa’s body. They said the three men left the scene running down Bahia Avenue. One witness identified two of those who fled. He said they were 19 year old Chad Lyons and 18 year old Jerrel Barnes. He said the third was a white male with red hair.

Deputies Ian Barnett and Brian Cross found the suspects on Bahia Avenue. All three had blood on their clothing and on their persons. They were all identified by the witnesses as the three who were in the vicinity of the victim in the parking lot, and who were believed to have injured him. Two of the three – Lyons and Barnes -  refused to speak with deputies, asking for legal representation. The third man, 21 year old Lawrence Bril, had injuries on his arm and hand. He said he’d been attacked by Sosa in the bar. He denied fighting Sosa outside the bar, but said the other two men with him – Lyons and Barnes – did hit and kick Sosa in the parking lot.

Lyons and Barnes were arrested and charged with aggravated battery. A plastic bag of marijuana was found on the scene. A second plastic bag of marijuana was also found inside a vehicle belonging to Lyons. The vehicle – a Ford – had a license tag attached to it that belonged to a Honda.

Lyons was further charged with possession of marijuana and attaching a tag not assigned. They were both booked into jail. Investigations are continuing. The victim is currently in stable condition in a Miami hospital.

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