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Fla. Man Arrested for Assaulting Child & Paramedic

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A 21-year-old Fort Myers man was arrested by Lee County (Fla.) Sheriff s deputies Sunday after he reportedly assaulted a 5-year-old and a paramedic.

Nicholas Tambunga, of Fort Myers, was arrested on two counts of battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT and one count of cruelty toward a child without great harm.

According to deputy Ryan Mackinnon, deputies were called to the Prospect Avenue residence by Tambunga, who was reportedly intoxicated and arguing with his brother and sister-in-law. His sister-in-law ordered Tambunga to his room because he was drunk, but Tambunga dialed 911.

The sister-in-law said she and her husband went out to the front porch.

While Nicholas was going to his room down the hallway, her son … was walking down the hallway at the same time, Mackinnon reported. (The woman) stated she heard Nicholas yelling at (the child) to get into the living room. (The child s mother) stated she came around the corner to get (the child) when she observed Nicholas shove (the child), forcing him into a wall.

The child started to cry, and Tambunga locked himself inside his room. The child did not require medical attention.

When Tambunga was arrested and inside the back of the patrol car, he became verbally abusive toward the deputies, Mackinnon said. He then began hyperventilating, spitting, coughing and foaming at the mouth.

EMSwas called, and while en route to the hospital, Tambunga reportedly kicked a firefighter and blew snot and spit at an EMT.

After a time, Tambunga reportedly calmed down and apologized for his behavior.

He is being held on $21,500 bond at the Lee County Jail.