DEBARY, FLA. — Volusia County deputies arrested a man over the weekend, accusing him of abusing an elderly man under his care.
Deputies say 49-year-old Ryan Ganim has spent the last seven years as a live-in caretaker with power of attorney over a local couple in their seventies.
Deputies say the 73-year-old victim is legally blind and suffers from hearing loss.
The victim told deputies Ganim punched him in the head and threatened to decapitate him after the two got into an argument.
According to the sheriff’s office, Ganim went on to hit the victim with what he thought felt like a baseball bat, and briefly wrapped a rope used for physical therapy around his neck.
When the victim tried to escape the abuse, deputies say he as unable to because Ganim had screwed the front door shut.
Instead, deputies say the victim crawled out of the back of the house and walked to a neighbor’s house to call for help.
When interviewed by investigators, Ganim denied hitting the victim and claimed he only screwed the home’s door shut to prevent him from wandering.
White the victim didn’t require any medical treatment, deputies noticed redness and dried blood on his arm consistent with the abuse he described.
Ganim was ultimately arrested and charged with abuse of an elderly or disabled adult and false imprisonment. He’s since been released on pretrial supervision.