Florida teen arrested after video of brutal assault of teen with autism surfaces on Facebook

Okeechobee, FL (WPTV) — An Okeechobee 18-year-old is accused of beating up a 16-year-old boy with autism, and the attack was recorded and posted online, according to an incident report from the Okeechobee City Police Department.

The 18-year-old and an adult have been arrested in connection with the case.

The victim told detectives he was invited to a party on SW 9th Street in Okeechobee last Friday where he drank alcohol and was then told to go outside and fight someone.

An 18-year-old was arrested after a video of the teen beating a 16-year-old with autism surfaced on Facebook. (WPTV)

An 18-year-old was arrested after a video of the teen beating a 16-year-old with autism surfaced on Facebook. (WPTV)

The teen said when he refused 18-year-old Andrew Wheeler was called.

After Wheeler arrived, the victim says Andrew began beating the teen. In the incident report he claims Wheeler followed him outside, choked him until he lost consciousness and struck him in the face.

A police officer later found the victim after midnight lying in the road on Southwest 6th Street. He was then transported to a hospital.

A doctor said the victim suffered a sprained neck, facial and scalp contusions and a concussion.

An Okeechobee 18-year-old is accused of beating up a 16-year-old boy with autism, and the attack was recorded and posted online, according to an incident report from the Okeechobee City Police Department. (Credit: Okeechobee Police/WPTV)

An Okeechobee 18-year-old is accused of beating up a 16-year-old boy with autism, and the attack was recorded and posted online, according to an incident report from the Okeechobee City Police Department. (Credit: Okeechobee Police/WPTV)

While at the hospital, the officer said he learned the video was posted to Facebook and that it was tagged to a Facebook profile with the name Andrew Wheeler.

Upon viewing the video, the officer noted that a detective recognized Wheeler in the video punching and kneeing the victim. Other people were standing around while the video was being recorded, according to the report.

Police located Wheeler on Sunday and placed him in custody.

Wheeler claims he received a call that there was “a drunk guy” at a party and he wouldn’t leave. He says he drove to the residence and went inside to take that person home. After walking outside to answer his phone, Wheeler went back inside and said he was told that the teen was punching and pushing another person.

Wheeler claims when he attempted to take the teen outside he tried to strike Wheeler.

Wheeler was not hit and struck the teen with his fist, according to the report. Officers say Wheeler admitted that he lost control of his temper.

Police then took Wheeler to the Okeechobee County Jail and charged him with child abuse without great bodily harm.

Okeechobee City Police Chief Denny Davis says his department arrested the suspected attacker within twenty four hours of getting the video — and the department is upset that people think they are trying to cover something up.

“I think the video is disgusting. It is just as upsetting to myself and my officers as it is to anyone else that viewed it. Absolutely no way would we ever attempt to cover up anything like that. So it’s very disturbing,” the chief said.

Police have also arrested Evadean Dailey Lydecker. They charged her with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. She lives at the home where the alleged attack happened.

The police chief says he is expecting protesters outside his department Friday afternoon because the beating video went viral and accusations of a cover-up. He says that is absolutely not true and he says he will come outside and tell the protesters that himself.

17 comments

  • andrew

    Coward pieces of garbage. How the hell could you just stand and watch while a mentally handicapped kid is almost beaten to death. These pieces of scum don’t deserve life.

  • fyl

    put this bitch wheeler in gen pop…then we’ll see how much of a badass he is…love to choke him out myself…

  • Sonia garcia

    I have a grandson with autism and if you chief poo poo dnt get everybody involved in that crap that was done to that boy I wish ferguson Mo on u I would hunt each individual that participated including the girl who wanted him too leave get that bitch too all of them

  • sam

    I hope they arrested everybody that was there watching and doing nothing ,
    I hope they take that bitch kids away stupid bitch she should be ashamed of her self having kids and allowing that to happen to that poor young guy uugh I wished someone would’ve help him

  • Linda

    That piece of garbage and everyone else in that house that did not come to that boys aid, should be CHARGED!

  • Dale Poston

    Andrew Wheeler is a liar, and may God punish him swiftly, I feel from experience the justice system sure as heck want. There too busy busting people for pot and don’t have time for mean bullies!!!!!!! Please pray for Aaron!

  • chris l

    I live in New Jersey and shared this video days ago to try and catch that bastard. How is it I have this posted and shared a few thousand miles away before the police in the same town make an inquiry?

    • andrew

      What the hell are you talking about? This incident happened on August 8th and the guy was arrested 2 days later. I don’t understand what you’re trying to say.

  • Aaron

    Seems to me the mother who was supplying achol is not getting enough time in jail her kids should be taken away as well as the baby if they serve beer to minors maybe they give baby beer in bottle people like that will do anything for the thrill of it my heart goes out to Aaron and his parents the book needs to be thown at all involved my son is mildly autistc and he is our everything he may be a little diffrent but he is the most caring and sweetest person. and if anything happened like that to him i would not be able to stop myself from stompping the crap out of all of them including the mother and daughter team that did nothing to help him to the police department you are a very small town someone sure thought you were trying to cover it up even if you weren,t we need very strict laws on people who povide our children with beer or anything connected with it .Alsothis was not this mothers first rodeo supplying the goods to children she had been in trouble before if we continue to just slap her on the hand she will never stop but as a mother myself to an autitisc child she was the adult and did nothing to help this child she needs to go to jail for a very long time she is just as guilty as well as her daughter . i have been following this story as well i hope they tread with caution people are vary angry about this . im sure by now if they have any feeling at all this was probly not the response you thought you would get out of this. but just remember one thing you cant hide from god and you will get whats coming the bible says if you hurt one of my children you might as well hang a millstone around your neck and cast yourself into the sea. so you might think you got away with it but really in the end you havent you will get back ten fold of what you dealt out maybe not right away but it will come.

  • Mandy Welch Byrd

    My heart is extremely unsettled by this tragedy. I had to stop viewing the video after the first 15 seconds. I, myself cannot fathom how in the world ANYONE could bring themselves to do such an EVIL act! In my opinion, there is only one explanation of such a HEARTLESS act- DEMONIC. These punks are clearly operating through the evil spirit of SATAN himself! I believe this to be true in the lives of so many cruel folks throughout the entire world and all through history as well who have and are continuing to do the will of the enemy by committing such GODLESS acts. I try very hard to not allow the careless/thoughtless actions of other individuals turn me bitter or have me resorting back to my”old ways” of handling shit prior to my faith and my walk with Jesus. But as long as I am still in the flesh living in this fallen fu**** up world then I will continue to desire any and ALL who intentionally harm the harmless to suffer in the worst way possible! This type of shit literally makes me sick!! F****** low life worthless ass PUNKS!!!

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