Universal Orlando Caricature Artist Stabs Boss With Scissors

Frederick Torres
Frederick Torres, a 33-year-old caricature artist, attempted to kill his manager by stabbing him in the neck with scissors at Universal Orlando resort on New Year's Day. Orange County Sheriff's Office

A disgruntled caricature artist at the Universal Orlando Resort attempted to kill his manager on New Year’s Day by stabbing him in the neck with a pair of scissors, the Associated Press reports.

Frederick Torres, 33, was an employee of the Orlando-based caricature firm Fasen Artists Inc., which provides artists to Universal’s parks, as well as other theme parks and casinos. The general manager of the firm, Anthony Fasen, told detectives that he fired Torres on New Year’s Eve, and maintained his decision when Torres called the next day. Torres responded, according to the police report obtained by the AP, that he was going to kill his direct manager and the firm’s “number one artist,” Glenn Ferguson.

“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, according to the AP.

Torres allegedly arrived at the Islands of Adventure park minutes later, at around 9 a.m. that morning, in pursuit of Ferguson, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Witnesses told detectives that the suspect chased Ferguson around the park, and though two security guards arrived at the scene in the Toon Lagoon area, he was able to strike Ferguson multiple times with a pair of green scissors.

Ferguson sustained multiple stab wounds in the attack, including one to the neck, which cut an artery and caused brain leakage, according to the police report. The 42-year-old was rushed to a local hospital on Friday and underwent emergency surgery, the Sentinel reports.

As of Monday, Ferguson remains hospitalized, though his condition is not currently known. Doctors told police at the time of Ferguson’s surgery that he has a 50 percent chance of surviving, according to the police report.  

Torres was charged with attempted first-degree murder for the attack. He is currently being held in Orange County jail.