Artist Charged with Attempted Murder at Universal Orlando Theme Park

What should have been a fun New Year’s Day for visitors to the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida turned into the scene of a bloody, horrific attack.

Frederick Torres, 33, had been recently fired from the theme park, but instead of staying away from his former place of employment he showed up on site and attempted to kill his manager — Glenn Ferguson — stabbing him in the neck with a pair of scissors.

Both artists draw caricatures at Universal’s parks but work for an outside firm, Orlando-based Fasen Artists, Inc. The Associated Press reports:

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.

Glenn Ferguson, a caricature artist at Universal Orlando, was stabbed by a former co-worker on New Year’s Day. Image: Orlando Sentinel

Park guests reported seeing Torres chase 42-year-old Ferguson, swinging at his head with a pair of scissors. The two ended up on the ground where Torres began stabbing Ferguson until security could pull him off. Ferguson sustained multiple injuries, including “a stab wound that lacerated an artery” in his neck and “a stab wound that entered the brain and caused brain leakage,” the affidavit states.

At the time of his surgery, doctors told police Ferguson had a 50 percent chance of surviving. His current condition is unknown, though some sources are saying the artist is in a coma.

Torres is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, and is being held in the Orange County Jail without bail.