On the evening of April 7, Clermont Police Officers swiftly responded to a large altercation between two groups of juveniles in the area of 5th St. and Carroll St. Though most of the juveniles had dispersed upon the officers’ arrival, it was discovered that a 16-year-old female had sustained a wound to her upper back/neck area, requiring immediate medical attention. The victim was promptly provided with medical aid and airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where she is currently in stable condition and expected to fully recover.

Clermont Police Detectives conducted a thorough investigation and it was determined that this was an isolated incident involving known parties, with no imminent danger to the general public.

Initial findings suggested that the altercation was premeditated, with the involved juveniles intending to engage away from the downtown Clermont area due to heightened police presence. This incident was not linked to any large organized event occurring in the vicinity.

Earlier that day, law enforcement officials had received intelligence regarding the potential for a large-scale altercation coinciding with the organized event. Proactive measures were taken, with school resource officers engaging with numerous juveniles to gather information and caution against participation in any fights. The Clermont Police Department bolstered security measures at the event, including increased officer presence and on-scene investigators.

A 16-year-old female was arrested in the City of Groveland earlier today and charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Harm and Affray in the stabbing investigation involving another juvenile female on Friday night in the area of 5th Street and Carroll Street. The suspect was arrested without incident by Groveland Police Officers along with Clermont Police Detectives and transported to the Lake County Jail.
“We are encouraged that the victim’s health continues to improve as she remains in stable condition. We would like to commend our Clermont Police Officers for their quick response as well as our Detectives for their dedication and commitment resulting in the successful identification and arrest of the suspect. We would also like to thank the Groveland Police Department for its assistance. Finally, we would be remiss not to thank the Clermont community and general public for the tremendous amount of support and investigative information provided to our detectives, which resulted in this quick identification and arrest.” Stated Chief Broadway
The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of effective communication and proactive policing in averting potential crises. By remaining vigilant and responsive to community concerns, law enforcement agencies can effectively address threats and uphold the safety and well-being of all residents.
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