INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. - According to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, two men are out on bond after their arrest for the aggravated abuse of a mentally disabled man.
On September 30, Nicholas Marr, 26, was seen on a Facebook video punching the 33-year-old male victim, the sheriff's office says.
Marr and William Gregory, 30, are believed to have offered the victim $20 if Marr could slap him while Gregory recorded the incident. Instead, Marr punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground and rendering him unconscious, according to deputies.
The incident was posted to Gregory's Facebook page and reported to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office by a concerned citizen.
Deputy Jean Rosalia tracked down the victim through The Source, a local outreach organization specializing in helping the homeless. She interviewed the victim who barely remembered the incident. She arranged for him to be evaluated by a psychologist where he was diagnosed with low-to-borderline intellectual functioning.
"We want people to know that the sheriff's office will not tolerate this type of activity. Simply because a person is homeless does not mean that we will not work just as hard to protect them from harm. After speaking with the victim, Jean (Rosalia) knew he did not have the capacity to understand what these guys were intending to do to him. She went the extra mile on this case by ensuring that the victim received a proper mental health evaluation," Sergeant Michael Pierce said in a statement from the sheriff's office.
Marr was arrested on December 7 and Gregory was arrested on December 6, both charged for aggravated abuse of a disabled adult, a third degree felony.
Marr was also charged with misdemeanor battery while Gregory was charged with felony battery due to a previous conviction on a battery charge.
Both men were freed on bond and are awaiting their court date.