ORANGE CITY, Fla. — A 22-year-old man is accused of slashing an Orange City teen’s face in a random attack over the weekend.
Nathaniel Peoples, of Deltona, is accused of coming up behind the 15-year-old boy as he was walking home from playing basketball at Mill Lake Park. Investigators said he slashed the teen’s face from near the corner of his mouth to his ear.
Peoples, who police said was on pre-trial release for a previous case, is now facing a charge of aggravated battery.
According to an arrest report, a family friend said Peoples came to his home on the day of the attack drunk and “off his meds” and said he had “buck fifty-ed” someone, which officers said means to cut someone’s cheek from the corner of their mouth to their ear.
When officers interviewed Peoples, they said he made several false statements and said that he was “probably” at the crime scene, but did not admit to committing the crime.
The victim’s father, Michael Benson, said he and his son only recently moved to the area, and neither have problems with anyone.
“There’s no rhyme or reason. He doesn’t know anyone. He hasn’t had a confrontation. He’s just walking back with his ball; it’s inexplicable,” Benson said.