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Second suspect arrested in Clematis beating

Jacob Robl Jacob Robl
Kyle Ramey Kyle Ramey

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A second suspect has been arrested in connection with a weekend beating that left a West Palm Beach man in critical condition.

UPDATE, WED 7 AM: Kyle Ramey, 23, stood in front of a judge Wednesday morning, accused of punching a man in the face, leaving him unconscious on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. 

Ramey received the same bond as his co-defendant -- $15,000 plus house arrest.

According to court documents, surveillance video from a nearby jewelry store shows Ramey punching Jacob Robl, 27, in the face, causing him to fall to the ground unconscious.

"We look forward to being able to show the entire context of this allegation and we're confident that in court and that a full presentation will indicate Kyle was justified in his acts," said defense attorney David Olson.

Robl has been in a coma at St. Mary's Medical Center.

A hospital spokesperson Wednesday said he remains in critical condition.

Previously: We are learning more about a recent Palm Beach Atlantic University graduate who was found unconscious and bleeding from the head after allegedly being attacked on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach.

The suspect is in jail facing felony battery charges; meanwhile, the victim continues to fight for his life at St. Mary's Medical Center.

West Palm Beach Police would not comment on this case any further saying it's too soon in the investigation.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and looking at Jacob Robl's photo, you get a sense of his love for the waves, his friends and his career.

Robl's Facebook page is revealing more about him than anyone currently knows. He studied pharmacy at Palm Beach Atlantic University and is employed as a pharmacist at a local Walgreens.

An investigation says 21-year-old Brendan Riley is the reason why Robl now lays in a hospital bed.

Police say it was early Sunday morning when Robl was hanging out with friends at Off The Hookah on Clematis Street. Riley was also there hanging out with friends.

In the affidavit, Riley says, he and Robl had some choice words while inside, and when they were outside, he says, Robl made rude comments at him. The affidavit says that's when Riley went across the street and confronted Robl.

The confrontation would lead to a number of punches being thrown -- one which sent Robl to the ground unconscious and bleeding.

According to the affidavit, Robls friends tell police Riley is the one who threw the punch that has landed their friend in critical condition. But Riley told police that's not true.

What is true is the love and support being shown for Robl via Facebook. A page called "Praying for Jake" has been started. Already, hundreds of messages of support have been left.

The page also says, as of Monday afternoon, Jake is stable. He is not awake and is expected to be sedated for the next few days.

Brendan Riley is in jail with a $15,000 bond.

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