Family arrested for the vicious assault of a disabled person in Lehigh Acres

Reporter: Michael Hudak Writer: Nicholas Karsen
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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a family of three for assaulting a disabled Lee County resident in Lehigh Acres.

Deputies responded to a physical disturbance call at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Monday, where they found a person in a wheelchair outside of his residence near 26th Street Southwest with injuries to his hands, knees and upper body.

According to LCSO, the victim was heading home when he was confronted by a woman who exited a Jeep wielding a metal pipe, with which she began to strike the victim.

In self-defense, the victim produced a pocketknife, provoking her two sons to exit the vehicle and attempt to restrain the victim, taking turns striking him, reports LCSO.

Police arrested Evelyn Rodriguez, 39, Jonathan Gonzalez, 20, and Jason Chavez, 18, for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and assault of a disabled person.

Rodriguez and Gonzalez were injured by the victim during the altercation.

The family of the three suspects has spoken out.

They said there’s more to the story, and they are the victims fighting back in self-defense.

They claim that the man in the wheelchair was begging for a confrontation. That’s why he was recording before the attack happened. They said the man had targeted their family for more than a month, stalked them, and even slashed three of the tires on their car.

Evelyn Rodriguez’s daughter claims that the man isn’t even disabled.

“When he came looking for her, and I seen him. He was standing perfectly fine on his own two legs. He was not disabled or in a wheelchair,” she said.

A security camera recorded the same attack from a different angle, and the family claims it shows the man in the chair get up and walk.

It’s important to note that none of what the family said is corroborated by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

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