DAVIE - Luke Petruschke was so badly beaten after allegedly molesting a 3-year-old boy that when he was booked into jail this morning, he could only open one eye fully for his booking photo.
After spending the weekend in a hospital, Petruschke was released today and immediately arrested on a molestation charge. He is being held without bail at the Broward County Jail. So is the the father of the boy he is accused of fondling.
Petruschke's booking photo shows extensive bruising of the face from the right cheek to the forehead. Over the weekend, doctors at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood placed him in a medically induced coma after Davie police said two men nearly beat him to death with a concrete block.
Krish Carter and Manuel Vega launched the attack Saturday after Vega's son told his father that Petruschke had fondled him, police said. Now the two men each face one count each of attempted murder.
Carter and his wife, Dawn Dwyer-Carter, met Luke Petruschke at a homeless shelter earlier this year. They became good friends, she said, and introduced him to their new neighbor, Vega, at a barbecue on Labor Day.
Petruschke, 38, spent Friday night at Vega's home in the 5100 block of Davie Road after having dinner with the family, police said. The three men had planned to go fishing the next day.
The next morning, after the boy made his allegation, a witness reported seeing neighbors Vega, 27, and Krish Carter, 43, smash Petruschke's car windows with concrete blocks, drag him out and beat him, police said.
Court records show Petruschke has been arrested twice before on sex-related charges, but never convicted. ..Source.. by Rachel Hatzipanagos, Alexia Campbell and Jon Burstein South Florida Sun Sentinel