• Man beaten to death by masked man with pogo stick at Southside Jacksonville laundromat

    By: Christy Turner , Action News Jax


    A man was beaten to death by a masked man armed with a gun at a laundromat on Jacksonville’s Southside.

    The violent attack happened Christmas Eve morning at the Coin Laundry on Beach Boulevard near Cortez Road.

    The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said they responded to find 36-year-old Roderick Stephon Hines on the ground with a gash to the back of his head.

    The owner of the laundromat shared surveillance video of the violent attack with Action News Jax.

    The video shows the masked man walk up to Hines who was sleeping and strike him nine times with a pogo stick in the chest and head, before running out of the laundromat.

    The video shows Hines slumped over the chair after the attack.

    The incident report said Hines was awake and breathing when police arrived on scene.

    Police said Hines was complaining of chest pains and that he couldn’t breathe. 

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    He was transported to Memorial Medical Center where he later died.

    According to the report, hospital staff said Hines was having issues other than those brought on by the gash on his head. Police said it wasn’t clear what the issues were.

    Action News Jax has requested a copy of the autopsy report.

    Police said they were unable to find the pogo stick used in the attack.

    The suspect was described as a man in all black clothing, wearing a green ski mask, gray gloves and gray shoes.

    Action News Jax is working to figure out if the suspect and victim knew each other or if it was a random attack.

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