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Beach brawl: Victim's mother speaks

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Updated: 5/29/2013 12:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Stephanie West says her son, Anthony Jones, had to be treated in the hospital after he was beaten by a crowd at Jacksonville Beach on Memorial Day. In an interview with our News Partner WOKV, she also disputes the police version of events.


West says the brawl started as a fight between her son's friend and gang members. She says a gang called the "Twelve Hundred Boys" from Jacksonville's Eastside are responsible for the attacks. West says they are well known in her neighborhood and that gang members regularly target kids in her community.

"They're just really basically going around messing around with little old kids. They say these guys are way much older and extra over bigger. My son is only like 150-160 lbs. And his friend is only like 130," said West in an interview with our news partner, WOKV.

West says she is most frustrated with the police response as the attack was happening. She also disputes claims from police that they received no 911 calls about the attack.

"Several people, I mean several people called and said how they were calling the police or whatever. And you could tell they weren't there. And my son had broke away from them one time and ran then they end up catching him again," West said in an emotional interview with WOKV. "I mean, Jax Beach Police was nowhere. And then I called them and asked them to send an ambulance and the police to McDonald's on the beach and I got there, before they got there."

"I just want justice to be served and I don't want them to be doing this to no one else's children," West cried. "That was just ridiculous for you to take that upon yourself and not just jump on my child, but somebody else's children too for no reason."

For now, she's focused on her son's recovery. "He's in a lot of pain. His shoulder is out of place. He has bruises everywhere."

You can listen to the full WOKV interview by clicking the link attached to this story.

Police have made no arrests in the case. They are asking anyone with information to call them, or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.

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