ST. PETERSBURG — A 20-year-old man was arrested Sunday on allegations that he terrorized his cancer-stricken 83-year-old grandmother.
But the only reason Nicholas Ryan Marks was arrested, St. Petersburg police said, is because he called them first to come arrest his grandmother.
"He said he was battered by his father's girlfriend and pushed by his grandmother," said police spokesman Bill Proffitt. "But during the investigation, officers learned that it was the grandmother who had been the victim of mental and physical abuse by the grandson."
Marks lives with his grandmother, according to the report, and the alleged abuse had been going on for about a year. That abuse seemed to escalate recently, police said.
According to police reports, this is what Marks did his grandmother:
• He repeatedly screamed vulgar insults at her.
• He repeatedly poked her in the arm.
• He kept changing the channels on her as she watched TV.
• He intentionally broke a glass bell belonging to his grandmother on Jan. 17 after she accidentally broke a drinking glass. "Now we are even," Marks reportedly said.
• He pushed his grandmother after she accidentally stepped on his foot on Jan. 18. The victim fell backward and stuck her head on a wall.
• After another incident Sunday with the TV, the victim went to another room. Marks followed her, yelled at his grandmother and when she tried to close the door he shoved it back open, police said, causing a cut to her arm.
Marks called police, but then came under investigation himself after officers said they noticed the grandmother's injuries.
Marks' father told officers he had witnessed the abuse for up to a year, but feared that if he called the authorities, his son would retaliate against him.
Police noted that the victim works five days a week despite her illness. Her grandson is unemployed, according to his arrest report.
Marks was arrested on a charge of aggravated abuse of an elderly person. He was being held without bail Monday in the Pinellas County jail.