Florida teenager charged with attempted murder after attacking his mother with a frying pan

A Florida teenager is facing attempted murder and other felony charges after he allegedly tried to kill his mother with a pocket knife and a frying pan, police say.

Tobias Brewer, 17, will face trial in adult court following the Nov. 30 attack on Carol Gray, 69, motivated by anger at his insistence the teenager clean his room, he said in a confession.

Brewer told police ‘he punched the victim in the head until the handle of the frying pan broke, at which point he pulled out his pocket knife and began stabbing her repeatedly “, says an affidavit.

“The suspect said he was upset because his mother was constantly on his case about cleaning his room. He explained [that] he doesn’t like cleaning his room and is fed up with the victim constantly talking about it. The suspect said after the attack he entered the victim’s room and took out the keys to his vehicle and money from his purse so he could have it once he left. places.

Court documents paint a picture of a day of utter chaos that began on Japonica Lane in Cocoa, where Brewer allegedly attacked his mother. He called his friend Quantrayvious Bowden several times, telling the other teenager he needed help, according to the affidavit. Bowden told police he was working on his driver’s license test and initially said he was unavailable before finally nodding and driving to Brewer’s.

Brewer texted Bowden asking him to bring a gun, but instead his friend said he would bring a knife, Brewer told police.

When Bowden arrived home, he saw another friend, identified as Mike, outside the residence, but quickly walked around after hearing “loud banging coming from behind”. There Bowden found Brewer standing with a frying pan over Ms Clay, who begged “Toby to stop”, Bowden told police.

Brewer left his mother there and took off in his black 2022 Kia Rio, according to the affidavit, while Bowden and “Mike” followed him in the victim’s gray 2022 Jeep Wrangler. Both vehicles picked up Brewer’s girlfriend from her home less than six miles away; Bowden told police Brewer said he “needed to get out of the country,” according to the affidavit.

Police received a call from a reckless gray Jeep in Cocao around 11pm and traced it to Ms Gray’s address, where the lights were on and there was no answer. Just before 2:30 a.m., however, Bowden’s mother – who had already been suspicious of Brewer’s repeated calls to her son, who has been diagnosed with “high-functioning autism”, the affidavit says – contacted the police to tell him that Bowden had said “Toby” to him. had killed his mother.

Officers responded to Ms Gray’s residence and found her lying in the doorway of the laundry room leading to the backyard, according to the affidavit.

“The victim was covered in blood and had multiple stab wounds to his body and his nose was almost completely detached,” the affidavit states. “She also suffered blunt force trauma to her face as well as the back of her head. Beside the victim was a small black folding knife and a frying pan with a broken handle covered in blood.

“As officers responded to the scene, the victim took a breath and said ‘Toby’ did this.”

Ms Clay was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center and listed in critical stable condition, according to the affidavit.

Law enforcement, meanwhile, contacted AT&T to begin tracking Brewer’s phone and located it on I-95 in Volusia County, where authorities attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the teenager fled. He eventually crashed in a wooded area in Brevard County and was quickly located and taken into custody.

Brewer was charged with four felonies: attempted first degree premeditated murder, criminal conspiracy to commit a capital crime, flight in disregard for the safety of person or property, and grand larceny of a motor vehicle. He remains in custody in Brevard County pending the next court date in January.

Two other defendants have also been charged in connection with the incident. Bowden, 17, has been charged with criminal conspiracy to commit first degree murder and grand larceny of a motor vehicle. After contacting the police, his mother brought him to the authorities for a formal interview.

Jeffery Patuano, who turns 18 on December 28, has been charged with accessory after the fact to attempted first degree murder and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence – also both crimes.

Attempts to contact lawyers for the three people on Thursday were unsuccessful.

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