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Man Strikes Teenage Tourist With Shovel on Florida Beach

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | July 31, 2016

Man Strikes Teenage Tourist With Shovel on Florida Beach

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A teenage tourist was attacked with a shovel on Friday evening in Florida, after an argument about a hole the teen was digging in the sand, 10 News WTSP reported. 

Christian Gies, 19, of Kentucky, was in the middle of digging a hole on Treasure Island, near the Bilmar Beach Resort, when 53-year-old Christopher Carosella, of Tampa, confronted him about the hole, according to the news station.

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When Gies refused to stop digging, Carosella became enraged, the teen’s father, Drew, told 10 News. The men argued and then went their separate ways.

Almost an hour later, Carosella asked hotel security to get involved, and after they refused, the man picked up Christian’s shovel, argued with him more and allegedly struck the teenager with the shovel, 10 News reported. Christian ran from Carosella, but beachgoers stopped the Florida man from chasing him for long.

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The Treasure Island Police Department told 10 News that Christian suffered bruises and abrasions after Carosella hit him once on the abdomen and once on the left arm.

Carosella was arrested and later released on $10,000 bond, the news station reported.

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