Georgia man arrested for beating a blind woman to near death

A man accused of severely beating a blind woman was arrested in Paulding County, Georgia, on Saturday, after a manhunt that lasted several days.

NBC 11 Alive reports that Charles Brandon Ayers, 37, was arrested without incident on Saturday afternoon. He’s accused of beating Tammy Usher, a blind woman, so badly that was left in critical condition. According to Sgt. Ashley Henson of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, federal marshals and officers from both Paulding and Douglas counties worked together to track down Ayers.

“He was arrested in western Paulding County and gave up peacefully to deputies. Thank you to all of our citizens who provided tips to aid in his capture.”

Ayers allegedly beat Usher because he wanted her truck. On April 26, Ayers and Henson, longtime acquaintances, left her Paulding County home in her 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 truck. Usher apparently had no idea that Ayers was capable of such violence, but he began beating her up as soon as they left her house. The beatings continued for three straight days until Ayers dropped Usher off on April 29 at the Love’s Truck Stop in Emerson.

Ayers called a friend to take Usher to the hospital, claiming that he had warrants out for him in Douglas County and feared arrest if he called himself. Ayers then fled in the stolen truck.

Ushered suffered from numerous lacerations, facial fractures, a contusion, and bruising; however, she’s expected to survive.

Ayers is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault, as felony charges of aggravated battery and theft by conversion, stemming from an unrelated incident.


[Feature Photo: Paulding County Sheriff’s Office/Handout]