Scuffle over confederate flag leads to arrest of Lely High student

By Naples Daily News staff report

Posted January 9, 2010

NAPLES — A Lely High School student was arrested Friday and charged with felony battery after Collier County sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint that he punched another student and then tried to pull him out of a car that was displaying a Confederate flag.

Arrested on the battery charge was Alfredo David, 18, of Naples.

The victim, whose named was withheld from a sheriff’s report, said he was approached by several Hispanic students while waiting for traffic to move as he was leaving Lely High School. He said they were upset about his flag and that one of them walked up and punched it, according to reports.

The victim reported that David taunted him to try to start a fight, punched him in the chest through an open driver’s side window and then tried to pull him out of the vehicle.

The victim held onto the steering wheel to keep from being pulled out of the car and then stepped on the accelerator to get to safety, according to sheriff’s reports.

David’s address was listed as the 5000 block of Bryant Avenue in Naples. According to deputies, he didn’t want to tell his side of the story.

He has a prior conviction for battery, according to reports.

2010 The E.W. Scripps Co.

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