BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jerrod Ryan Fletcher, 46, was arrested yesterday morning and charged with false imprisonment and battery on a person over 65 after a patient said he insisted on completing a “treatment” that he could not explain and prevented the patient from leaving for several hours.
The victim told a Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officer that he had been a patient of Fletcher, an acupuncturist, for seven years. He went to an appointment with Fletcher at 8:30 yesterday morning and said the treatment seemed to be taking a lot longer than usual and seemed to be different than normal. The victim told police that he asked Fletcher what he was doing, and Fletcher reportedly said this would be his last treatment, so he had to “complete treatment.”
The victim said he became uncomfortable and told Fletcher to stop and said he was going to leave, but Fletcher allegedly refused to let him sit up and “started pushing on him (head, chest, and stomach) while breathing on him and mumbling something incoherent like a prayer.”
The victim said he continued asking Fletcher to stop, but Fletcher kept saying he had to complete the treatment. The victim said that at one point, he was able to get up, but Fletcher allegedly blocked the door and said he wasn’t going to let him leave. The victim said he tried to leave, but Fletcher pushed him backward onto the bed; he said he kept trying to leave and even punched Fletcher, but Fletcher was able to block him from leaving.
The victim said he started screaming for help and kept trying to convince Fletcher to let him leave, but Fletcher refused and kept saying he had to complete the treatment. Fletcher allegedly kept the victim there until 1:15 p.m., when the victim was able to grab his phone and call 911.
When GPD arrived, the victim was reportedly still in the room with Fletcher, but Fletcher reportedly complied with police requests and let the victim out of the room. The officer wrote that there were obvious signs of struggle in the room, with an overturned bed and items on the floor.
Post Miranda, Fletcher reportedly said this would be the last time he saw the victim, so he had to complete a “special treatment.” He reportedly admitted that he refused to let the victim leave and admitted to forcing him down on the bed, not letting him up, and blocking the door. He reportedly couldn’t explain what treatment he was trying to complete but said he had to complete it so the victim would not be in pain. He reportedly said he knew it was illegal to hold someone against their will, but he had to complete the treatment.
Fletcher has been charged with false imprisonment and battery on a person over 65, both felonies. He has been released from the Alachua County Jail.
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