Updated story: Founder of Weeki Wachee clean-up group Paul Vermeulen is a free man after his live-in girlfriend has declined to press charges against him. Vermeulen was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm after allegedly shoving his live-in girlfriend to the ground and breaking her wrist. Original story below:
The Founder of a local river clean-up group, Weeki Wachee River Rangers, has been arrested for Aggravated Battery.
Paul Vermeulen was arrested on March 20th at his home in Weeki Wachee after allegedly shoving his live-in girlfriend to the ground and breaking her wrist, says the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the arrest report, the victim told law enforcement that Vermeulen forcefully pushed her to the ground during an argument. Upon transport to a local hospital, it was discovered that Vermeulen’s actions caused her to sustain a broken wrist, which had fractured in two separate locations.
Vermeulen told detectives that his girlfriend had been drinking and that she fell as he was holding her and walking her to the kitchen. He claims she started hitting him and he pushed her away.
Vermeulen is being held at the Hernando County Detention Center on a no-bond status until 4pm. His first court date is scheduled for 9am in court room D.
It should be noted that the group ‘Weeki Wachee River Rangers’ is not associated with ‘The Original Weeki Wachee River Rangers.’