Palm Beach Post

Published: Apr 15, 2014 5:57 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Palm Beach County man is in custody after authorities say he severely beat a homeless man.
    
The sheriff's office reports that 41-year-old George Gravatt was charged with aggravated battery after a weekend attack in which a man was asleep in his tent behind a convenience store in West Palm Beach. The victim said he was beaten with a pipe.
    
Deputies say Gravatt admitted to the beating because of an "ongoing personal dispute." The Palm Beach Post (http://goo.gl/cKomcj ) reports Gravatt has been arrested 17 times in Palm Beach County since 1997, including nine times for assault or battery.
    
He's being held on $15,000 bond. It's not known if he has an attorney.
    
Deputies say the victim suffered cuts, bruises and a possible fracture of his left forearm.
    
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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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