Man who served years for murder arrested again, accused of punching 16-year-old boy

Man who served years for murder arrested again, accused of punching 16-year-old boy

(As originally published with additional photos, Wed, November 8th 2023, 5:32 PM EST)

LAKELAND, Fla. (TND) — A man who served nearly seven years in prison was arrested again on Tuesday after a food delivery driver reported seeing him hit a 16-year-old boy.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida said Jarrett Garrett McCabe told them it stemmed from two boys jumping his son on Monday.

McCabe, 47, is charged with simple battery.

Investigators said the son fought with one of the boys a few weeks ago, and the other boy on Monday, and the son was not jumped in either incident.

But Tuesday, after school, McCabe went to the bus stop to see if the boys were going to fight his son again.

Then, when he saw the boys get off the bus, authorities said he confronted them and slapped one of the boys in the face with an open hand.

Witnesses said McCabe punched the boy in the face and twice in the stomach.

”Waiting at a bus stop to beat up a kid is not the kind of example you want to be setting for your child,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “Based on this and his criminal history, he clearly has anger-management issues.”

Man who served years for murder arrested again, accused of punching 16-year-old boy
Jarrett Garrett McCabe, shown in 1995 and 2023, served six years and eleven months in Florida state prison. (Fla. Dept. of Corrections | Polk Co. Sheriff’s Office)

The victim was the teen who fought with McCabe’s son a few weeks ago. The boy who fought with McCabe’s son on Monday was with the victim.

McCabe’s criminal history includes convictions for second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a weapon, and shooting or throwing a deadly missile into a building or vehicle.

He committed those offenses in 1995, was sentenced in 1997, and served six years and eleven months in Florida state prison.

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