After Afghan War soldier Frederico Freire and his wife Kalyn were beaten outside a Florida theater recently, the Marine probably never thought that his attackers would try and make him out to be the assailant. But, as it turn out, at least one of them is doing just that.
The local news site Bradenton.com reports that a 14-year-old girl who was part of the teen mob has filed battery charges against Frederico, saying he hit her during the fracas. But the girl's story is fairly odd. According to the news site, she claims she was struck by an "unknown man" after closing her eyes. That's led the sheriff's department to dismiss the charges based on a lack of evidence.
"At this point, it will be a closed case,” sheriff’s department spokesman Dave Bristow told the Bradenton Herald. “We talked to the girl and the stories are a little inconsistent. ... The girl said her eyes were closed. It doesn’t add up. Someone may have bumped into her or something like that. We don’t have any evidence that someone came up and punched her.”
The department also noted that there was no bruising on the girl's lip when she filed the complaint, and that she only now decided to come forward with the accusation.
As far as Frederico is concerned, the girl's allegations are “completely false.”
“I just grabbed my wife with both arms and pulled her out of harm’s way,” he said. “If she wants to file false charges, she can bring it. There were plenty of witnesses.”
For now, he's trying to spend as much time with his wife as possible before heading back to Afghanistan. But the national media attention is making that difficult.
“It’s becoming aggravating,” he said. “We’re just trying to enjoy what little time we have left.