By Allison Mondell, CBS Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) –  A Tampa man is charged with assaulting five men and kidnapping one man on Friday night near Kenly Elementary School in Tampa, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

David William Owen Jr. drove up to five men, who had been playing basketball, as they were leaving the elementary school located at 2909 66th Street.  Owen, 38, got into a verbal altercation with one of the men, Devante Dunbar of Tampa.  Owen drove off, but returned two minutes later and got out of his vehicle with a semi-automatic pistol.  The five men were ordered on their knees.  Police said four of the men fled, leaving 18-year-old Dunbar behind.

Owen forced Dunbar into his vehicle and struck the victim in the face with his pistol.  Dunbar suffered minor lacerations.  Owen then threw Dunbar out of the car and fled the scene.

According to police, all five men were interviewed after the incident and there is no indication that Owen knew the victims, who were between 15 and 24 years old.

Owen was located and arrested on Monday and faces charges of five counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, one count of kidnapping and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm.  Owen is being held in jail with no bond.  Jail records show Owen has faced several charges in the past, including aggravated battery against a pregnant female, driving under the influence and disorderly conduct.

  1. Howard Gottlieb says:

    We are extremely involved with kids at elementary schools so it turns our stomachs when we read stories like this one.

    I know that the punishment for crimes committed in schools zones is greater for many offenses and I hope that’s the case in this instance.

    Howard Gottlieb

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