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[Original Publish Date: 05/28/20]
TAVARES, Florida — An Orlando man already facing a litany of charges after fleeing a Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputy in a stolen SUV earlier this month added another charge Tuesday after he allegedly attacked his cellmate at the Lake County Jail over the size of his dessert.
Charles Donwick Frazier, 19, who was already facing charges of grand theft auto, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing and eluding, resisting without violence and no valid driver license, is now facing a charge of aggravated battery by a detained person stemming from an incident Tuesday afternoon. According to an arrest affidavit, Santiago Strickland, 24, said he was passing out food trays and Frazier became upset when he got the tray with the smaller piece of dessert. He said Frazier punched him in the face, knocking him off balance and as he tried to regain his balance, Frazier kicked him several times causing him to black out. Strickland received a large gash to his head and a bloody, swollen nose, and required medical attention; Strickland was given an icepack for his nose and three stitches to close the gash on his head, according to the affidavit.
Lake Legal News reported on Strickland last week when he was accused of pointing a gun at a couple and chasing them from Volusia County into Lake County, near Astor on May 16. In that case, he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia. He is being held on $21,000 bond.
Frazier told a deputy he had no idea how Strickland got his injuries, “but he probably did it to himself,” the affidavit states. A third cellmate told the deputy Frazier and Strickland got into an argument and then there was “blood everywhere.” Frazier, who was not injured, is being held on $26,500 bond.
Our Editor-in-Chief, Marilyn M. Aciego, began writing for Lake Legal News in 2010. Born and raised in Lake County, she is a graduate of Umatilla High School and Lake-Sumter State College. She started her journalism career at LSSC, where she was editor of both student publications, The Angler and The Odyssey. Her professional career began at the Daily Commercial in 2004 where she covered cops and courts the majority of her time there until she left in 2009. Currently, along with being Editor-in-Chief of Lake Legal News, she is the Florida bureau chief for an international media organization. She has made more than two dozen appearances on live national television, including Nancy Grace and the Greta Van Susteren show, along with her appearance on Evil Twins. Contact her with breaking news, tips, and feedback by sending an e-mail to 352Tips@gmail.com. You can also contact us on our Facebook page — and make sure you “Like” and “Follow us” there. [PHOTO CREDIT: Bonnie Whicher]