A caricature artist at Universal Orlando Resort was charged with attempted murder after stabbing another artist in the head with a pair of scissors on New Year's day, authorities said.
Frederick Torres, 33, allegedly attacked Glenn Ferguson, 42, after confirming that he’d been fired from his job at the theme park, NBC affiliate WESH reported. He responded by telling his boss: “I’m going to kill your number one artist,” the station reported, citing an affidavit.
A police report obtained by NBC News described a chaotic scene at the “Toon Lagoon” section of the park, where witnesses saw Torres chasing Ferguson on Friday morning.
When a park security officer intervened and began talking to the two men, the report said, Torres suddenly lunged at Ferguson and stabbed him in the left temple with a pair of scissors.
Other witnesses described Torres punching and kicking Ferguson.
Security officers eventually detained Torres, and Ferguson was transported to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition on Monday, WESH reported.
A spokesman for Universal Orlando, which is owned by the same parent company as NBC News, said in an email that "because this is an ongoing matter, we are not able to discuss it."
Torres’ public defender could not be reached.