Pinellas County deputies have charged a St. Petersburg man with aggravated child abuse after he punched a 13-year-old girl, causing her to lose consciousness.
According to the sheriff’s office, the incident occurred around 3 p.m. Saturday at a Race Trac gas station, located at 2551 54th Avenue North in unincorporated St. Petersburg.
Kolbe Smith, 27, allegedly struck the victim in the face, unprovoked.
Smith hit the victim with such a force, she lost consciousness and fell to the ground.
Deputies say the girl’s mother witnessed the assault.
Several citizens stood outside of the store and would not let Smith leave after the incident.
The first deputy to arrive tried to put Smith in custody, but he refused.
Deputies used a Taser on Smith, as he would not comply.
The 13-year-old girl was treated at the scene by EMS and was released to her parents, who took her to the hospital.
Deputies took Smith into custody after he was taken to the hospital for a laceration on his head.
When Smith was questioned by deputies, he denied having any recollection of the incident and admitted to taking the drug LSD.
Smith is charged with one count of aggravated child abuse, violation of probation felony battery and resisting arrest without violence.