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Artist Charged In Orlando Theme Park Stabbing

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ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — A caricature artist reportedly stabbed another artist in the neck with scissors on New Year's Day at Universal Orlando Resort reportedly did so as an act of retaliation.

Frederick Torres, 33, was charged with attempted first-degree murder for his attack on Glenn Ferguson at the Islands of Adventure park. Both artists draw caricatures at Universal's parks but work for an outside firm, Orlando-based Fasen Artists, Inc.

The general manager of the firm, Anthony Fasen, told detectives he had fired Torres the day before the attack. On New Year's Day, Torres called Fasen, who said he reiterated that Torres was fired. Torres then said he was going to kill Ferguson, according to the police report.

"Fasen advised specifically that Torres had said, 'I'm going to slit Glenn's throat' and 'I'm going to kill your number one artist,'" the police report said.

Stephen Fasen, the president of the company, didn't respond to an email. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said in an email that he couldn't comment.

The stabbings cut an artery in Ferguson's neck and caused brain leakage, according to the police report. He underwent surgery and was still hospitalized Monday.

Witnesses told detectives that they saw Torres chasing Ferguson through Islands of Adventure before the attack Friday morning. A security guard got between Torres and Ferguson, and another guard showed up at the scene. Despite that, Torres lunged at Ferguson and struck him several times. Ferguson tried to get up to run but fell to the ground, according to the police report.

Fasen Artists specializes in providing caricature artists to theme parks and casinos. It has contracts with Universal parks in Orlando, some Six Flags parks and several Las Vegas casinos.

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