Belle Glade Sun

Bystander suffers serious brain injury in attack

A 61-year-old Belle Glade man wound up in the hospital with a serious brain injury and a “bleak” prognosis after inadvertently becoming involved in a domestic incident, according to a report released by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Shane Skyers, 29, of Belle Glade, is the main suspect in the attack. According to investigators, it was Skyers who threw an unopened glass bottle towards a woman he was following, missed his target and hit the victim instead.

The impact was strong enough to knock the victim to the ground, where his head hit against a parking curb that had exposed re-bar poking through the curb. The victim’s temple struck the re-bar, according to the report.

The incident happened on Friday, May 27, at 333 Southwest Martin Luther King Blvd. in Belle Glade.

When deputies arrived, they spoke with the woman believed to have been the intended target of the attack. According to her, the suspect had seen her in the area and had followed her. She was talking with friends when he drove over to where she was and threatened her with a glass “ginger beer” bottle in his hand.

A witness yelled over to the suspect to warn him not to throw the bottle when the suspect launched it in the direction of the woman. The woman had been able to get up from the chair she sat on to escape into a nearby apartment.

The woman told detectives that she had seen the glass bottle leave the suspect’s hands and when she turned back to look at the scene saw the male victim bleeding from his head. She also saw the suspect return and stand over the victim, looking at him, before turning away and fleeing from the scene.

Another witness said she tried to administer first aid to the victim while emergency crews arrived. Witnesses were able to pick out the suspect from a photo line up.

The injuries to the victim were serious enough to require that the man be airlifted to a hospital in West Palm Beach.

“The victim was transported via TraumaHawk to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he underwent surgery on his brain and his prognosis is bleak,” writes Detective S. Tobey in the report.

Skyers was arrested nearly a week after the attack on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, and felony battery.