SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A 44-year-old man was arrested after deputies say he abused an elderly disabled woman in the parking lot of a convenience store.
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy on routine patrol saw an elderly woman crying while sitting in her walker on Saturday. The deputy stopped to speak to the woman, who said she had been hit by a man she knew as “Worm.”
The victim told deputies she was sitting in her walker in the parking lot of the Bradenton Quick Mart on 14th Street West when “Worm” walked up and began yelling at her, saying she owed him money.
According to the MCSO release, the victim told “Worm” she didn’t owe him anything and didn’t know what he was talking about. That’s when the victim says the man got angry, grabbed her by the neck and started choking her.
A witness saw what was happening and yelled at the man to stop, which he did, but then he grabbed the victim by her arms and pulled her off her walker, throwing her to the ground. The man then fled on foot.
As it happens, the deputy had heard of “Worm” and identified him as Marcus Miller. The victim confirmed Miller was the man who attacked her and the sheriff’s office obtained an arrest warrant.
Miller was arrested Tuesday and charged with Abuse of a Disabled Adult.
One woman who knows the victim and Miller says he ran out of patience. She wanted to remain anonymous.
“He’s been waiting and waiting and waiting for the money and she’s been going and buying things from other people owing them money too, so she owes lots and lots of people upwards of at least a thousand dollars,” said the woman.
Despite the issue with the money, she believes Miller’s action was too extreme.
“Getting physical was definitely the wrong thing whether he did or didn’t get physical with her, if he did it was wrong,” said the woman.
The sheriff’s office says the woman wasn’t seriously injured.
“Regardless of whatever their dispute was that you should never resolve to taking advantage of somebody who has a disability and that’s why these laws are in place and he’ll face the consequences,” said Randy Warren, Spokesperson for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.