Fort Myers man faces attempted murder charges after 2 women run over
|By Jacob Carpenter, Naples Daily News, Fla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"She can't stand to see someone bullied. She's very outspoken about the less desirable people in the neighborhood," said
So it was Thursday morning, when
The collisions left McDaniel fighting for her life with several injuries -- internal bleeding, a collapsed lung, a punctured lung, a broken pelvis, four broken ribs -- and
"Lorraine, she's in for a very long haul,"
Investigators said the violence escalated quickly at about
It started when Montez, driving his 2006 white Chrysler PT Cruiser, nearly hit a jogger, causing the jogger to tap on the passenger side of Montez's car, according to an arrest report. Montez then got out of his car, ran about 100 feet and started assaulting the jogger, the report said.
Barres and McDaniel, who had stopped at a nearby 7-Eleven, witnessed the beating and ran to help, shouting they were calling the police, investigators said. After exchanging profanities, Montez returned to his car, backed up, then drove forward, intentionally hitting Barres and tossing her over the vehicle's hood, deputies said. McDaniel chased Montez's car on foot until Montez threw the car in reverse, running her over, deputies said.
Barres' teenage daughter and young son witnessed the entire sequence, traumatizing the children,
"(My granddaughter) ended up covered with blood in her school uniform,"
Investigators said Montez left the scene and dropped off his 7-year-old daughter, who was in the PT Cruiser, at the family's home. He then returned to the scene and was arrested, deputies said.
Montez lives one block east and five blocks south of the women. The collisions occurred about a half-mile from their homes.
A woman who answered the door at Montez's home declined to comment. He didn't have a lawyer listed in online records. His account of the events is redacted from
Montez has no history of violent crime in
"They don't have any health insurance," he said, "and they don't know how they're going to pay for this."
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