Man struck in head with PVC pipe at homeless camp in Marathon

58-year-old victim airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MARATHON, Fla. - A Marathon man was arrested Thursday night for striking another man in the head with a PVC pipe, authorities said.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said two deputies were called about 11:20 p.m. to a homeless camp in a wooded area at 6350 Overseas Highway in Marathon.

Herrin said the deputies found the suspect, John Cadwallader, 57, in a tent in the woods.

She said the 58-year-old victim was a short distance further into the woods, bleeding profusely from a cut on his forehead.

Herrin said there was also a lot of blood on a nearby walking trail and on plastic tarps on the ground. She said there were sections of PVC pipe in the area.

The victim told deputies that Cadwallader had hit him in the head with a piece of the pipe.

Herrin said Cadwallader was uncooperative and refused to follow the deputies's instructions to walk out of the woods.

He was arrested on charges of aggravated battery and resisting arrest.

The victim was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

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