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December 30, 2010

Teen THUGS Attack Marine, Wife At Movie Theater In Bradenton, Florida

Iraq war veteran Federico Freire and wife, Kalyn, pictured above were attacked Saturday outside a movie theater in Bradenton, Fla.,

Couple attacked at movie theater

Marine and his wife were attacked outside a movie theatre Christmas night after asking a group of teens to be quiet during a movie.

The attack escalated into an fracus attracting approximately 300 bystanders. As a result, four teens and an adult were arrested, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Federico Freire, 27, who is on leave from Afghanistan, went to the movies at the Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St. E., to see "Little Fockers" with his wife Kayln.

Freire said a group of about 20 teens were being obnoxious and loud during the movie. When they were asked to be quiet, some of teens began cussing. Kayln Freire went to find a manager and the youths were asked to leave. The couple left shortly afterwards.

“We were just so aggravated. We thought, ‘Forget this, we’re out of here,’” Federico Freire said during an interview Monday.

As they exited the theatre just before 10 p.m., Kayln Freire was surrounded by about 15 girls who looked as if they were going to attack her, Federico Freire said.

A witness said he had a firearm in his vehicle and offered to escort the couple to safety. Federico Freire said he told his wife to go with the witness to get her out of harm’s way.

Seven males then surrounded Federico Freire and began to kick and punch him.

“I got back up to defend myself and they started running everywhere,” he said. A crowd of more than 100 people began to form.

When Freire looked over at his wife, he saw a young male with his shirt off who punched her in the face, knocking her out. Freire went after the youth and the witness brandished his gun telling the crowd to step back.

Deputies soon arrived. As deputies were investigating, the manager of the theater asked anyone without a ticket to leave.

When a deputy asked one juvenile to leave several times, the teenager refused and hit the deputy, the release said.

Destiny McNeil

At one point, Destiny McNeil, 20, a relative of the juvenile attempted to intervene in the arrest and was arrested herself, the release said. Another male juvenile also hit the same deputy in the arm and resisted arrest after he was asked to leave the area. At that point, there were about 300 people involved in the incident.

All available deputies were asked to come out to the theater to help restore order to the area, the release said. The manager then shut down the theatre.

“I’m fine. My wife’s face is all swollen up. She’s got cuts in the inside of her mouth. I was able to defend myself pretty good because of my training, but I was more worried about her,” Freire said.

The situation is under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the charges and names of the juveniles who were arrested have not been released. Their ages range from 15 to 17-years-old, deputies said.

McNeil was charged with resisting arrest without violence and was released from Manatee County jail Sunday on a $750 bond.

Freire, is based at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

"The saddest part about it was that this was our first date night together in a long time," Freire's wife, Kalyn, said in an interview Wednesday with "We were just looking to spend some time together."

Freire, a Florida native stationed at Camp Pendelton in California, said he and his wife asked a group of "obnoxiously loud" teenagers talking on cell phones to "be quiet" during the 8:20 p.m. movie.

"This was my first time back in town from my tour in Iraq," he said.


Wild Thing's comment........

This was a dangerous, violent and damaging assault by a mob, done because some of them were asked to be quiet in a theater, something as simple as just asking for someeone to be quiet. Almost as though they wanted this confrontation and were seeking it out by causing trouble during the film.

To do this to a serviceman and his wife omg that is the lowest.

Posted by Wild Thing at December 30, 2010 03:50 AM


It's obvious these teens were the products of inferior breeding.

Posted by: BobF at December 30, 2010 07:25 AM

Obviously the illegitimate offspring of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Ay-hab the ay-rab.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at December 30, 2010 09:30 AM

Of course these teens will grow up to become model citizens, (NOT). Mob mentality. Kudos to the citizen who was armed.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at December 30, 2010 09:44 AM

I’m really tired and fed up with the names of juveniles being withheld because of their age..They along with their parents need to be held accountable and if a little embarrassment is part of the deal so be

Posted by: gator at December 30, 2010 11:41 AM


Posted by: gator at December 30, 2010 11:42 AM

Want to bet that the prosecution of this will result in, "probation" instead of any real jail time being served.

"Probation", to perps like these is like being awarded a medal. They become local heros.

I have to ask why there was no help given to the victims, at the time. Most big theater complexes, have "Rent-a-Cops wandering around somewhere. They were probably too busy checking that everyone had a ticket.

Posted by: Sean at December 30, 2010 11:44 AM

Hey these are the people who are getting our wealth, afterall its all our fault they're too lazy to work for a living. Eddy your right that one does look like Towana Brawley.

Posted by: Mark at December 30, 2010 04:09 PM

The HANGING CHAD state of Floriduh Wild Thing:

BUSH - CHENEY: 271 Electoral Votes
Sorelosermen: 266

Jeb is running for the US senate?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at December 30, 2010 04:10 PM

This kind of thing happens to much where our service men are attacked when they come home. I relaize the thugs did not know at first this man is a Marine, but even so. sheesh.

Darth. LOL yes that was a nightmare that hanging chad stuff. That was way before we moved to Florida but it sure had the entire country waiting for what seemed like ages.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 30, 2010 11:59 PM

When I was last in that shopping plaza they had a B. Dalton book store and a nice town thirty-four years ago. It sounds like they now have neither.

Posted by: Avitar at December 31, 2010 01:14 AM

It doesn't sound like the attack had anything to do with his being a marine and everything to do with them being white.

Sorry abt the link to a discussion board but the actual article is far too long to post.

Posted by: blank at December 31, 2010 05:44 PM