March 7, 2016

Man airlifted after being jumped, beaten in Key West

A Big Pine Key man was airlifted to Miami for treatment of head injuries after he was jumped by someone in the city of Key West and beaten.

Deputy Tyler Blanton responded to Fisherman’s Hospital in Marathon early Sunday morning. The 26 year old victim told the deputy he and his friend were on Duval Street in the early morning hours. They were walking back to their car around 4 a.m. when they got separated. As the victim reached the car, which was parked in a parking lot off of Fleming Street on Babcock Lane, he was jumped by a white male who began beating him. The victim’s friend arrived as he was being beaten and a second suspect hit the friend several times in the face as well.

The suspects then left the scene and the two men began to drive back home to Big Pine Key. During the drive, they realized the victim needed medical treatment so they went to Fishermen’s Hospital.

The victim told Deputy Blanton the name of the suspect who jumped him is “Ryan”. He described him as a white male, possibly in his early 20s with curly brown hair, 5’7” tall, approximately 120-130 pounds. He was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans. The second suspect is a white male in his mid 20s with a crew cut, approximately 5’7” tall, 160 pounds wearing a dark colored t-shirt.

The Key West Police Department was notified of the incident.

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