A young father from Ocala, Florida managed to save his family from a violent driver after parking his truck on directly on top of the road-rager’s little car.
It all began when 53-year-old Adalberto Aponte nearly caused multiple accidents while wrecklessly swerving through traffic in his Toyota Camry. Aponte started tailgating an 18-year-old man driving a Ford F-150 pickup with his girlfriend and infant child inside. After stopping at a traffic light, Aponte exited his vehicle and approached the pickup truck.
Aponte began punching the young father in the face through the open driver’s side windon. In an attempt to stop the attack, the young mother screamed that she had a gun in the truck. She did not have a gun, but was trying anything to stop the assault. “She decided she would have an outburst, saying, ‘We have a gun in the truck,’ thinking that would cause him to leave,” police Sgt. Cynthia Barnes said.
According to Florida law concerning possession of a firearm in private conveyance, persons under the age of 21 are not allowed to carry or transport a pistol in their vehicle unless it is “securely encased and not readily accessible.”
Aponte became outraged by her threat and screamed “I’ll show you a real gun.”
The attack stopped for a moment as Aponte returned to his vehicle and started rummaging in the side door. With no time to spare, the 18-year-old victim threw his truck into reverse and literally backed over the tiny Toyota.
His plan worked, and Aponte was denied access to his vehicle. Police arrived moments later and arrested Aponte on charges of burglary, battery, criminal mischief, and driving with a suspended license. Although no weapons were found in either vehicle, the young driver was well within his rights to protect his family.
After multiple witnesses came forward to corroborate their story, the 18-year-old truck driver and his family were released without any charges. Byron Buchanan, an eyewitness, told NBC news affiliate WESH 2, “He just went in reverse and went right over the top of the car!” Buchanan, who witnessed the attack in its entirety, described the initial assault, “The guy reaches in the vehicle and starts punching him in the face. The kid’s yelling, ‘Stop, I got an 11-month-old in here, stop, stop, stop.’”
Despite multiple witness accounts to the contrary, Aponte insists that he never punched the victim.