Monday, June 25, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Man beat grandfather, broke his arm

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 20-year-old man is accused of beating his 77-year-old grandfather so severely that he broke his arm and several ribs.

It took four deputies to restrain Cody Ford, who also attacked two neighbors who tried to help his grandfather, a Pasco sheriff's report stated. The incident happened about 2:20 a.m. Saturday at the home the two share on Blue Heron Drive in New Port Richey. Ford beat his grandfather with a metal flashlight, threw darts at the neighbors — with a few piercing the skin — and attacked them with a homemade flame thrower made out of a lighter and a hair spray can, authorities said. The grandfather told deputies Ford was acting strangely. When he decided to leave the house for his own safety, Ford began beating him, the report states.

Ford brawled with deputies inside his home, punching two in the face. He did not respond to repeated jolts from deputies' Tasers, punches, jabs, knee strikes or even when one deputy hit Ford with an electric fan, the report states. The deputies were finally able to restrain Ford and arrest him. He is charged with aggravated domestic battery on a person aged 65 or older, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, resisting an officer with violence and two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer.

The neighbors and grandfather declined to be taken to a hospital, saying they would drive themselves if needed.

Ford is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $160,000 bail.

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