A short-haired man who handcuffed and then helped shave the head of a 15-year-old neighbor as a prank ended up in jail on charges of false imprisonment and child abuse.
The teen played with the man’s son Wednesday and helped set up the family’s Christmas tree before having pizza at the home in the 800 block of Southeast Starflower Avenue, according to the arrest report.
At about 6:30 that evening, the 275-pound Jimmy Bendfeldt, 46, is accused of handcuffing the youth, walking him into the garage and holding him in a chair as his son saved the youth’s head.
Angered by what happened, the teenager went home and texted his mother, who called police.
The youth’s mother, Paula Agosto, said he was handcuffed behind his back “and held down and … the whole time my child was telling them no and to stop.”
The incident left “marks on his wrist from the cuffs for hours after the incident happened due to the fact he was struggling,” she said in an email on Thursday.
Police quoted the father as saying he and his son, on the spur of the moment, decided to do the head shaving as a prank. The 15-year-old “did not say no and put his hands in front of his body to be handcuffed,” the report states. The youth “never said no or asked to stop or we would have.”
Bendfeldt appeared remorseful, the report said, and “did not immediately realize he had done anything wrong.”
His son backed up his story and that “they were just joking,” police said. Still police said it appeared that the father held the youth against his will and “actively encouraged a person to commit and act” that could injure a child physically or mentally.
The father, on Thursday, was in the St. Lucie County Jail under a $7,500 bail on two felony charges.