Three Florida teenagers have been arrested in connection with an attack on a 17-year-old boy with a crowbar.
Rebecca Gotay of Indialantic, 18, Jessie Umberger, 18, of Satellite Beach, and Dylan Thomas, 17, have each been charged with attempted first-degree premeditated murder, according to Maj. Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim of the crowbar attack, Daniel Vukovich, allegedly stole marijuana and smoking paraphernalia that belonged to Thomas and Umberger, who became enraged, reports Florida Today.
The attack occurred on Thursday morning, just after 7 a.m., in Vukovich’s driveway. Police think that Gotay was driving a vehicle with all three inside, and that Thomas attacked Vukovich with a crowbar.
Thomas allegedly wanted to kill Vukovich.
Vukovich is currently in critical condition at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. He was discovered beaten in his driveway by his mother, who called 911, reports The Daily Mail.
The plot to kill Vukovich was hatched over the course of several weeks, according to police.
(Thomas and Umberger)
None of the accused lived with their parents.
People have come to the defense of Gotay on social media, going so far as to say she should not be held accountable for what happened.
“Not Becca :( keep your head up shawty you got this,” wrote Twitter user @KingDSims. His tweet received a number of responses, many unfavorable.
Bring The Fresh tweeted the following response: “IF she allegedly drove the car then according to the law she is just as guilty as the person who committed felony.”
Another Twitter user, #Tellum @c0untd0wn (@JKeps) tweeted to Rebecca’s innonece, or at least that she does not deserve punishment.
“So all beccas close friends WHO KNOW HER WELL say she wouldn't do it but everyone who isnt close thinks she deserves to 'rot.'” the tweet read.
Darv (@macdaddydarv) had quite a response for @JKeps: “shes the dumbest of the dumb but shes no attempted murderer."
One student at the high school in Satellite Beach was surprised over the attack.
"It seemed like a nice kind of quiet town and then this happens, and I don't know. It's kind of scary," said junior Natalie Quallkenbush, who moved to the city in November.
Another student was not surprised, seeing it as bound to happen at some point.
"In a way it does (seem surprising), but it seems like something that was inevitable, like something like this always happens in small communities," said junior Hunter Kempf.