OKEECHOBEE, Fla- An 18-year-old Okeechobee man is accused of beating up a 16-year-old with autism. The attack was recorded, and the video posted online.
Andrew Wheeler, 18 was arrested in connection to last Friday's attack at a home on SW 9th Street in Okeechobee.
The victim told police he was invited to a house party where he drank alcohol and was pressured by party-goers to fight someone. The teen told detectives that's when Wheeler started beating him.
According to an incident report, Wheeler followed the teen outside and choked him until he passed out. The victim told police Wheeler also held a knife to his throat.
A woman and her boyfriend later spotted the boy lying in the road and called 911.
"He couldn't hardly breathe. He was terrified. You could see it," Amber Quates said.
The suspect told police he was called to the home because there was a "drunk guy" who would not leave.
Wheeler claims when he attempted to take the teen outside he tried to strike Wheeler.
The video posted to Facebook, however, only shows the teen retreating.
Wheeler is charged with felony child abuse. Okeechobee Police Chief Denny Davis says Wheeler was arrested within 24 hours of the video surfacing online.
On Friday, Okeechobee Police arrested the homeowner on two misdemeanor charges in connection with the house party. Police say Evadean Lydecker was home during the incident. A spokesman says Lydecker's underage children were also present.