When 17-year-old Denzel Jackson couldn’t take a 26-year-old mother’s purse straight from her hands, West Palm Beach police said he kicked her. When she didn’t let go of her purse then, he bit her fingers, trying to loosen her grasp. When that didn’t work, he turned to her 2-year-old child and punched the toddler in the face, according to the report.
Jackson, who faces adult charges of robbery without a weapon and child cruelty, made his first appearance in court Thursday morning. Judge Joseph Marx ordered the teen be held on $100,000 bail at the Palm Beach County Jail.
On Jan. 18, a woman was sitting at a bus stop along Broadway, just north of 45th Street, when she was approached by a young man later identified as Jackson. She asked him if she could help him with something and he replied by grabbing her purse, according to the report.
The two went back and forth, Jackson kicking, hitting and biting the woman, until he stopped for a moment and “looked directly at her two-year-old,” according to police.
Jackson punched the child in the side of the face and the woman let go of her purse to protect her child, she told police.
The teen was located later that morning by a stolen car, but ran off, police said. A purse was left behind with the woman’s belongings, according to the report.
Jackson does not appear to have a criminal record as an adult, but his juvenile record is unknown.