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Family of Beach Brawl victim speaks frustrated with lack of arrests

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Updated: 7/03/2013 8:13 pm
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- It's the brawl that shut down a section of Jacksonville Beach, and left a young man seriously injured. 

Action News sat down with the victim's mother who says she was shocked to find out Jacksonville Beach Police have suspended their investigation without making a single arrest. They say they don't have enough evidence, but we learned there are witnesses who still haven't been interviewed about what they saw.

"I have a baby girl 4-years-old. Every time my son walks out the door she begs him not to go to the beach," said the victim's mother, Stephanie West.

The family is still broken by a brutal beating, and tells Action News it could have ended in the death of her 20-year-old son Anthony Jones. We're told the fight started on the north side of the beach, but got worse.

"These guys showed up again jumped on him again and dragged him from the boardwalk all the way to the pavilion," said their family attorney, Stephen A. Smith.

"My son didn't deserve it, nobody else's child would deserve it either," said West.

She hired family attorney, Stephen Smith to get justice for her son. He tells Action News his client is cooperating with police, and has been since the Memorial Day brawl.

"The only individual he knew and can identify is the one who started the incident, and that person has been pointed out for officers," said Smith.

We contacted Smith after learning Jax Beach Police suspended this investigation, news he hadn't heard before my call, and news that came as a shock because Smith says he's given police names and numbers of witnesses that can identity the suspects.

"At this time, at this date, each one those individuals has confirmed that they haven't been contacted by Jax Beach Police Department and that is very disconcerting," said Smith.

"For them to sweep it under the rug and let these guys feel that its ok to do this to somebody else, it's just not right," said West.

The family attorney called those witnesses minutes before our interview and says they're still willing to speak to police. He tells Action News if he has to bring them to the police station himself he will do it.

We reached out to Jax Beach Police for an interview, but were denied. They tell Action News they have exhausted all their resources and won't reopen the case until they get more to go off of.
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