man was arrested Wednesday morning on battery charges after he severely beat a man at Drift Inn, 2709 Cortez Road, earlier this week, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
Ralph Lee, 48, who knew the victim’s girlfriend from a prior romance, started arguing with the victim about why the woman was with him, according to a report.
Lee then struck the victim in the face, the report stated, and then used a bar stool to strike the victim multiple times on the face and body. It took 39 sutures to close the wounds on the victim’s face and right ear, according to the report. Lee faces charges of aggravated battery with great bodily harm.