This vet knows how to cheat death better than anyone I’ve ever seen! Tristano was a sergeant who flew bombing raids over Europe during WWII, he flirted with death on a daily basis. Even in his old age when he shouldn’t have lived after this terrifying incident, he still breathes.
This time instead of escaping German aircraft guns, this 91-year-old hero was busy surviving a brutal attack from his CAREGIVER of all people, whom he’d known for at least a decade. A simple argument caused this crazy lady to go into a rage and club a war hero over the head with an oxygen tank! The evidence she left behind is pretty gruesome…
Erickson told first responders she found Tristano lying in a pool of blood and urine near his dining room table. She said she hadn’t been at the home since 10:30 p.m. the previous night.
Detectives searched the home and found no signs of forced entry. They did, however, find a bloodied portable oxygen tank.
On May 20, Tristano was in good enough health to speak with the detectives. He said that the night he was attacked, he and Erickson were arguing about her payment.
Tristano told detectives that at about 9:30 p.m., Erickson struck him in the head twice with the oxygen tank while he was sitting at the dining room table.
The two wrestled over the tank and Tristano received more wounds to his wrist and forearms.
Tristano said he sat back down at the dining room table while Erickson attempted to clean up his blood with paper towels for about an hour. She refused to let him leave the table, and at 10:30 p.m., he said she struck him two more times with the oxygen tank.
Tristano fell to the floor and began to drift in and out of consciousness. He said Erickson finally left sometime between 5 and 6 a.m., before returning to the home a few hours later to call 911.
Detectives interviewed Erickson on Tuesday and found probable cause to charge her with attempted murder and tampering with evidence. She has been in Sarasota County jail since Thursday on $300,000 bail.
Crimes against the elderly and children are the most severely punished according to the police department. They should be. What kind of jerk hurts an innocent person who can’t protect themselves? In this case, the woman may receive up to life behind bars, in my opinion that’s being nice! This vet flew 35 combat missions in a B-17 bomber starting in 1945. We owe him respect and nothing less, definitely not a caregiver who tries to murder him.