PACE — Two men have been arrested for their involvement in the beating of two juveniles after a failed drug deal, lawmen say.
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said that several juveniles made arrangements over the social media app Snapchat to steal drugs from dealers near an apartment complex at the corner of Babb Lane and Calvary Lane on Saturday.
One of the juveniles told a deputy that they were planning to “ride around the neighborhood and hang out.”
A red Dodge Charger occupied by 21-year-old Avery Ennis of Pensacola and 24-year-old Tyler Harris of Pensacola approached the juveniles. At some point an argument broke out, according to arrest reports.
One of the juveniles said someone yelled there was a gun and everyone started to run away. As he was running he turned and saw Harris, who was in the driver's seat, holding the gun, the report said. The juvenile reported that he could hear his friends screaming and saying. "Let me go."
When deputies arrived they noticed two juveniles with multiple injuries to their faces in the back seat of the Charger.
A deputy had the juveniles get out of the car and they were treated by EMS. One of the injured juveniles said they were going to buy weed and liquid THC from the men when the deal ended up going badly. Harris and Ennis both got angry and demanded money, according to the report.
The juvenile said Harris and Ennis pinned him on the ground and “punched him in the face over and over again and then drug him to the car and forced him inside against his will.”
Harris threatened them with knife, saying they would die if they said anything, and Ennis told the juveniles there was a gun under the seat if they tried to do anything, the report said.
Ennis and Harris told deputies that they were in the neighborhood to pick up two kids that were fighting.
Both juveniles were taken to Sacred Heart Hospital to be treated for their injuries.
Harris was charged with assault, kidnapping a minor, false imprisonment, cruelty towards a child and possession of marijuana.
Ennis was charged with kidnapping a minor, kidnap-false imprisonment and cruelty towards a child.