PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A Port St. Lucie man and wife were arrested after being accused of stealing what they thought was their son's bike from a 23-year-old man, according to local police.
The victim, Rashaad Fitzpatrick, told police he was riding his brother's bicycle to a gas station to get fuel for a lawn mower.
On his way to the station, Fitzpatrick was approached by a 9-year-old boy claiming that the bicycle he was riding was his stolen bike.
According to an arrest affidavit, Fitzpatrick told the boy that the bicycle was his brother's bike and he continued to the gas station.
On his way back home from the gas station, he was confronted by the boy's mother, Jeanette Lynn. She told Fitzpatrick that the bicycle he was riding is her son's stolen bicycle.
Fitzpatrick told the boy's mom that it was his brother's bicycle and he would show her the receipt at his house.
Fitzpatrick told police when he got home he noticed a pickup truck pull into his driveway. Police said Eddie Lynn, the mom's husband, got out of the truck cursing irately at Fitzpatrick and stated the bicycle was his stepson's.
Fitzpatrick tried to explain to Lynn that it was his brother's bike and they were mistaken.
Lynn attacked Fitzpatrick from behind, tearing the man's T-shirt, according to police. Authorities said Lynn tried to punch Fitzpatrick several times.
Fitzpatrick tried to hold onto the bike to protect himself from being hit, according to the police report.
The 9-year-old boy told police his mom was pulling Fitzpatrick off the bike and trying to hold him down so that his stepfather could get the bike.
During the attack, Fitzpatrick fell to the ground, and Lynn forcibly took the bicycle in the bed of his truck and left the scene, according to the arrest report.
Fitzpatrick called police shortly after the incident, and Eddie Garfield Lynn was arrested.
Eddie Lynn, 35, was charged with strong-arm robbery for his involvement in forcibly stealing a bicycle .
Jeanette Lynn, 36 turned herself in to police the next day after police issued a warrant for her arrest. She faces battery charges stemming from the strong-arm robbery incident.
Police said both Fitzpatrick and Lynn provided receipts showing they had purchased the bicycles at Walmart.
Police recovered Fitzpatrick's bicycle at Lynn's home.