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Man charged in Manatee homeless camp beating

MANATEE — Deputies arrested a homeless man on a charge he severely beat another homeless man in a homeless camp off Cortez Road, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Ronald A. Carrier Jr., 48, faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after deputies say he beat another homeless man with a cane during an argument in a homeless camp in the 100 block of Cortez Road West.

The victim said Carrier attacked him with a cane during the argument, beating him on the head and face, knocking out several teeth and causing cuts to his face. Carrier was being held in the Manatee County jail without bond.