Deputy: Disabled woman ‘slammed’ onto pavement

OKEECHOBEE — A native of Kentucky is being held on $180,000 bond for allegedly “slamming” a disabled woman face-first onto some pavement and, states an arrest affidavit, possibly breaking her nose.

Andrew Ferguson didn’t stop there, however, as he next threw the woman’s husband onto the pavement, stated a report by Deputy Quinton Speed of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). The man, continued the report, suffered a laceration to his chin.

Andrew Ferguson

Andrew Ferguson

Ferguson, 66, S.E. 32nd St., Okeechobee, was arrested Sunday, March 27, on felony charges of aggravated abuse of an elderly or disabled adult and aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or older.

He is being held on bond in the Okeechobee County Jail.

Deputy Speed indicated in his report he was sent to a home on S.E. 27th St. shortly after midnight Sunday due to a possible battery.

Apparently a woman and her husband were having a party and Ferguson was among the guests. But, as the night wore on, Ferguson apparently became belligerent toward the other guests.

Because of that, the woman found Ferguson a ride home “… due to his vulgar attitude towards guests,” stated the report.

As the disabled 74-year-old woman was trying to help Ferguson into a vehicle with a sober driver, the man grabbed her by the hair and slammed her into the pavement, Deputy Speed stated.

“(Her) nose was bleeding heavily, (and it was) possibly broken from the impact on the pavement,” added the deputy. “(Her) nose was swollen, with blood still present on her clothing from the heavy bleeding after being attacked.”

The deputy also pointed out that the woman’s 75-year-old husband went to bed around 8:30 p.m. But another guest of the couple’s woke him after his wife was attacked.

According to the deputy the husband walked outside and to the vehicle where Ferguson was sitting. When the man reached the vehicle, Ferguson got out of the auto and threw the man face-first to the pavement. When the man landed on the pavement he suffered a 2-inch laceration to his chin, noted the deputy.

Deputy Speed said the man’s chin was “… bleeding profusely onto the ground and (his) clothes.”

Other party-goers had subdued Ferguson several times throughout the evening and tried to get him to leave, documented Deputy Speed.

Witnesses reportedly told Deputy Speed that Ferguson grew more and more belligerent as the night progressed, with most of that belligerence aimed at female guests.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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