Man arrested for beating up blind woman

- UPDATE: Charles Brandon Ayers was taken into custody on Saturday without incident, according to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

An intense search is on for a man who authorities said beat up two women in two counties, including a blind woman. Authorities in Paulding County and Douglas County have warrants out for Brandon Ayers.


Bruises covered Tammy Usher's body. She said Ayers, who was a longtime family friend, threatened to kill her.

“He started punching me in my face and he said I had to die,” said the 46-year-old woman.

Usher, who is blind, said she was with Ayers in her dad's truck. They were going out for a few hours, but it was four days before anyone saw Usher again. On that fourth day, Paulding County Sheriff's investigators said Usher had been dropped off at a truck stop in Bartow County.

Authorities said Ayers dumped her there and called a friend to take her to the hospital.

“Tammy showed up at a Cartersville hospital, she had been beaten to pieces,” said Sgt. Ashley Henson with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

Usher was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital where she spent a week.

“Her body was covered in bruises. She had fractures to her face and skull, two broken vertebrae and two broken ribs,” said Stephanie Burns, a family friend.

Usher's daughter said her mom's face was so swollen she couldn't even see her eyes.

“He put all his rage into beating my mom; all his rage. My mom didn't look like my mom,” said Cotie Hubbard.

Usher's friends said Ayers needs to be caught.

“Why would he do something like this to someone who can't even see two feet in front of her, who can't defend herself. He's dangerous,” said Burns.

Authorities said Brandon Ayers is extremely dangerous. There are warrants out for Ayers in Paulding County. Douglas County also has warrants out for Ayers for beating up a woman there.

Investigators believe Ayers is still in Usher's dad's 1999 Silver Dodge 1500 extended cab truck. It has a red star sticker on the back window. 

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