ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - The Seminole County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that their deputies have arrested Former Orlando City B forward, Benjamin Polk, and charged him with aggravated battery on a cab driver early Saturday.
Police say the investigation started at around 3:00 a.m. when deputies were called to Island Shore Lane in Lake Mary.
The victim was reportedly standing next to his taxi with blood on his face and a large amount of blood on his shirt. The victim told investigators that the suspect, 25-year-old Benjamin Polk, was one of two passengers he had just driven to that location from downtown Orlando.
The victim told police that upon arriving at the Lake Mary location, Polk became angry at the price of the cab fare and attacked the victim, striking him in the mouth and knocking out his front tooth.
Police say the victim positively identified Polk as the man who attacked him.
Based on the victim’s identification and other evidence, Polk was arrested and transported to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. He was booked on a charge of aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability. Polk later posted $15,000 bond and was released.
Orlando City has released a statement on the arrest, calling Ben Polk the "Former Orlando City B forward," as his contract expired before the incident occurred. Read the full statement below.
"Former Orlando City B forward Ben Polk was arrested Friday night for aggravated battery.
Orlando City SC is aware of and will continue to monitor the situation. However, because the incident occurred after Polk’s contract expired on Thursday night following the conclusion of OCB’s season, the Club will not issue any further comment."