Teens' father: "I've tried to talk to them 100 times"

Pinellas Park, Florida -- Two teens allegedly connected to a brutal attack and auto theft against an 83-year-old man in Pinellas Park were in court Thursday morning.

One teen was tracked down by police, his brother turned himself in, and a teenage girl is still at large.

While police continue that search, at court this morning the suspects' father said he is disappointed in his sons.

"Why you did this, you know what you did -- now you live with the consequences. I've tried to talk to them a hundred times. They don't want to listen," says Antonio Peterson.

The single father says he was working and his sons were supposed to be at school when the attack happened.

10 News was the only TV station to catch up with him outside court Thursday morning.

"The lesson: study, do your work, go home," he says.

In keeping with our 10 News Crime Guidelines, we won't show you faces or name the juveniles charged because they are already in police custody.

"I am sorry to that man," apologized one brother who was shackled and cuffed.

The other denies the attack on 83-year-old Charles Clark, but admits to stealing the his car hours later from the crime scene.

"Why did he do it in the first place? That's how I feel about it," Clark told 10 News - apology not accepted.

"If you get away with it - next time same thing, maybe worse, maybe kill somebody."

Police still want your help in finding 15-year-old Jazmine Burney. Burney herself was a victim of an attack less than two years ago; in 2012 she spoke with 10 News after an unknown assailant tried abducting her as she walked home from school.

Court officials say the other teens will be held over behind bars, while charges are being reviewed.


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