Police: Mentally disabled man attacked at Bradenton skate park

jdeleon@bradenton.comNovember 7, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Two men were arrested early Thursday and charged with beating a mentally disabled person at the Riverwalk skate park.

Rubier Infante Zaldivar, 20, and Devin Mark Wilson, 19, were arrested at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Wilson was charged with aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult.

Zaldivar was charged with abuse, neglect and exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult and active encouragement.

Both appeared before Manatee County Judge Diana Moreland in a first appearance hearing Wednesday afternoon.

Zaldivar appeared first. Assistant State Attorney Darlene Ragoonanan requested bond be set at $75,000 and a no-contact order be issued.

Moreland also ordered Zaldivar placed on supervised release on the condition he must live with his father, observe an 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, have no contact with the victim or his mother, stay 500 feet away from the Riverwalk skate park and have no contact with Wilson.

Zaldivar had no prior arrests. His father was in the courtroom but did not wish to address the court.

Wilson appeared next. Moreland set bond at $150,000 as recommended by Ragoonanan and also ordered supervised release conditions, including no contact with the victim and mother, no contact within 500 feet of the Riverwalk skate park and a curfew from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Unlike his co-defendant, Wilson had prior arrests including grand theft and possession of drugs.

An arrest report and warrant detail the attack.

Bradenton police received a tip Tuesday there was a video of the attack on Facebook. It happened just after midnight Tuesday, according to the arrest report.

Detectives who watched the video identified Wilson attacking another male.

"Wilson threw (him) to the ground and began kneeing and punching him in the head and chest," according to the report.

The other man did not fight back but put his hands up in attempt to protect himself. The blows continue for several minutes and the victim loses consciousness several times, but Wilson does not stop. At the end, while the victim is unconscious, Wilson stomps on his head several times.

The victim regains consciousness and leaves the park as "several people yell to him and tell him not to come back to the skate park or it will happen again."

After watching the video, detectives located the victim, who had swelling in the face, in the 700 block of 17th Avenue West. He was taken to the main police station for an interview where it became apparent he had mental limitations.

The victim's mother was located by police at her job. She told police her son suffers from psychosis, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and he was off his medication. She was trying to get power of attorney over him to help but lacked the funds.

The victim's mother also told police he "believes that everybody he meets is his friend."

Police spoke with a family member of Wilson, who told them she had a conversation on Facebook about the attack in which he made incriminating statements.

Police watched the video with Zaldivar, who said he was nowhere near the fight. The video revealed a second cell phone, which he denied was his. He granted police permission to go through his phone, which uncovered a video of the attack with Zaldivar encouraging it.

Both men were taken to Manatee County jail.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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