The Atlanta “water boys” strike again – this time leaving a police officer seriously injured. 

Last Saturday, an officer patrolling the area of 10th Street and the exit off I-75 in Midtown approached a 14-year-old boy who was selling bottled water to drivers who were stopped at the red light. 

The young man took off running and the officer later found him again near the Midtown MARTA Station. 

A police statement said, “As the officer attempted (to) stop him, the juvenile struck the officer in the eye. After a brief struggle, the juvenile was taken into custody and eventually transported to the Regional Youth Detention Center on the appropriate charges.”

The Atlanta officer was taken to the hospital after suffering “severe damage” to his eye including a “fractured eye socket and suspected nerve damage.” 

The “water boy” is now facing multiple charges including aggravated assault, aggravated battery, terroristic threats, obstruction, pedestrian in the roadway, pedestrian soliciting business, and littering.

Watch the news report below. 

In most cases, it’s great to see young people working hard to earn money. 

However, the Atlanta “water boys” now have a reputation of being extremely aggressive when trying to sell their water bottles and oftentimes dangerous and violent. 

In June 2020, 18-year-old Jalanni Pless, who was selling bottles of water in Midtown, was shot and killed.

Jalanni’s mother says her son was killed by another “water boy” in a dispute over a $10 bill he received from a customer.

If you are in Atlanta and are approached by the water boys, please proceed with caution. 

Source: 11Alive