Man, 32, accused of pushing disabled man off toilet


Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 11:34 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 11:34 a.m.

A man with multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and a visual disability told police his girlfriend’s son pushed him off a toilet Tuesday afternoon. An officer said the man was left with an arm injury that may become leave a permanent scar.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, the incident happened at 2:30 p.m. at a home in the 2300 block of Southeast Ninth Ave., the home where the suspect, Rudolph O. Stephens, lives with his mother and her boyfriend.

Stephens, 32, was arrested by Officer Matthew Cory on charges of aggravated abuse of an elderly adult and felony battery.

According to an arrest report, Stephens and the victim had been arguing off and on for several hours before the victim went into the bathroom. Police said Stephens followed him and shoved him off the toilet. The victim said he hit the bathtub and a faucet. In the arrest report, Cory said the fall left him with a gash on his arm that “will likely leave a permanent scar.”

According to the arrest report, Stephens told Cory: “I don’t remember what happened. I was so mad, I may have accidentally pushed him.”

Stephens was booked into the Alachua County jail.

Stephens has served two state prison terms, according to Florida Department of Corrections records. He has convictions for aggravated assault, battery and false imprisonment.

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