The victims in this incident remain hospitalized and are identified as Kristee Barres (DOB 09/05/1980), 219 Palmacea Road, Fort Myers and Lorraine McDaniel (10/16/1961), 219 Palmacea Road, Fort Myers.
On Thursday, May 17, 2014, at 8:40 a.m., the Lee County Sheriff's Office Communication's Center received a call about a disturbance. The incident occurred on Kingston Drive in Fort Myers, Florida. Deputies arrived to find two women had been struck by a white P T Cruiser, which had fled the scene. Both women, ages 52 and 33 respectively, were transported to the trauma center of Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment.
As deputies spoke to witnesses, the suspect vehicle returned to the scene and the driver was identified as 28 year old Eric Noel Montez (d-o-b 9/5/85) of 236 Labelle Avenue, Fort Myers, FL. Preliminary details revealed Montez was driving his 7 year old daughter to school when he passed a jogger on Kingston Drive. The man tapped the P T Cruiser as it came dangerously close to him. Montez stopped his vehicle, exited it and ran after the jogger. He punched the man in the face numerous times.
The two adult women saw Montez beating the man and approached telling him to stop and they were calling the police. A verbal exchange escalated into physical violence when Montez entered his car, backed up and then pulled forward impacting the 33 year old woman with the front of the vehicle and vaulting her over the hood. He continued south on Kingston Drive as the second woman ran screaming after him. Montez stopped the car and intentionally reversed course to strike the 52 year old. The momentum knocked her to the ground and she was run over by the vehicle. Montez then drove to his home to drop his daughter off, pick up his cell phone and return to the scene.
Due to the nature of the incident, detectives with the Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit assumed the investigation. Evidence including video confirming accounts of witnesses was retrieved and documented. As a result, Eric Montez has been charged with two counts of attempted second degree murder and one count of battery. He was transported to the Lee County Jail and will have first appearance this morning. An inmate photo is available on the Sheriff's Office website at www.sheriffleefl.org under the Criminal Activity tab / Arrest Search (please note, the murder charge listed on the arrest search page does not include the word "attempted". The charges have not been revised - the statute number associated is for attempted murder).
The 33 year old victim remains hospitalized and is reported in stable condition. The other female victim is still considered critical at this time. The names of the victims are being withheld as the investigation continues.
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