Police crack egg attack case | Crime
Tampa, Florida - One teen is injured -- his eye in jeopardy -- and three other teens are arrested; their futures are in jeopardy.
On Sunday night, Noah Grant was out running on Bayshore Boulevard when an egg thrown from a passing SUV hit him in the face. It fractured the bone around the 17-year-old's eye and injured the eyeball itself.
Photo Gallery: Teen runner hit in eye with egg
"It really wasn't a harmless prank, because the victim ended up so seriously injured in this case," said Tampa Police Lt. Mary O'Connor.
On Monday, a bit of luck helped Tampa Police crack this egg case. Officers were at the Gandy Boulevard Walmart where a clerk had reported selling five dozen eggs to a boy. As officers left the store, they spotted the suspect SUV; it was white with a Jesuit sticker on the back window.
"Looking for a white SUV with a sticker in the back window is truly a needle in a haystack situation," says O'Connor. "This is excellent police work. These officers were observant."
Police arrested three teens in the car. They face third-degree felony battery charges. Here's what we know about the three boys.
Tyler Metzger, 16, is a 9th grader at Robinson, the same high school as the victim. But police say the attack was completely random. School officials say no decision has been made yet on whether Metzger can continue attending Robinson. No one answered the door at Metzger's modest home on Tuesday.
The two other boys, both attend Jesuit High, a private Catholic boy's school. The principal says school officials are praying for the victim's full recovery and that the school's code of conduct will be considered with this situation.
Daniel Borgeson, 17, was the car's driver. At his upscale house near the water off Westshore Boulevard, a contractor told 10 News the homeowner was not there.
Patrick Wasp, 16, lists his address as a high-rise apartment complex on Bayshore Boulevard. Through an intercom system, complex security told 10 News to leave the property.
And also no word on Tuesday on how Noah Grant is doing or the condition of his eye. His mother Jana says the family's lawyer has advised them to make no further statements. But on Monday, upon learning of the arrests, both expressed relief.
Police say for the past several weeks, they've received complaints about egg throwing in the area, but they do not anticipate any more charges to be filed against the teens.