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15-year-old attacked on RTS bus

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Eugene Eddie Thurman, Jr., was arrested on February 24 after a 15-year-old was attacked on an RTS bus that evening.

At about 8:10 p.m. on February 24, the victim and Thurman were passengers on an RTS city bus. The teenager said he approached Thurman because he thought he recognized him from a retail store. Thurman allegedly offered the teen an alcoholic beverage, and the teen declined. The teen then went to the bus driver and told him that Thurman had alcohol on the bus.

At that point, Thurman, who was reportedly intoxicated, allegedly began arguing with the victim, and the dispute became physical. Thurman allegedly punched the victim in the face, which led the victim to fall off the bus. Thurman then allegedly fell on the victim and started biting his ear; when the victim pushed his head away, Thurman allegedly bit the victim’s hand. Thurman then reportedly stumbled and fell to the ground, striking his head on a concrete wall. Injuries to both Thurman and the victim were non-life-threatening.

Thurman has been charged with aggravated child abuse and remains in the Alachua County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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