The young girl accused of attacking an 83-year-old man this week was once a victim herself
St. Petersburg, Florida -- The 15-year-old girl accused of aiding in the attack of an 83-year-old Pinellas Park man this week has formally been charged with armed robbery with a deadly weapon.
Ironically the girl was the victim of an attack herself back in 2012. At the time she was just 13 and told 10 News a man tried to abduct her as she was walking home from a bus stop along 31 Street South.
"I thought I wasn't going to make it home because I thought he was going to take me into the abandoned house and try and kill me and rape me," the girl told 10 News after the incident.
But the girl, who showed 10 News her bruises from the attack, says a Good Samaritan came to her rescue.
Police said they had no reason to doubt the girl's story even though no one was ever arrested. A spokesperson said it is still listed as an open case.
Yet the idea of the girl going from a victim to attacker doesn't change the mind of Charles Clark -- the man the girl and her two friends alleged attacked this week.
Clark says the three need to be punished in order to learn a lesson.
"I want them to get jail time. I don't mean 20-years or nothing like that, get some punishment, they need some punishment because it could of killed me," Clark said.
The girl, who 10 News is not identifying because she is only charged as a juvenile, appeared in court Friday and remains in custody.