Friday, August 29, 2008

Road Rage Incident Leads To Arrest

A 25-year-old man was arrested early Friday after a woman told deputies that she and her two daughters were attacked in their car during a road rage incident at an East Naples intersection Thursday evening, sheriff’s reports said.

Morilien Desir, 2626 Fountain View Circle, North Naples, was charged with burglary with battery.

Arrest reports say Maga Herrera, 37, told deputies that she and her daughters, ages 12 and 14, were driving to church shortly before 7 p.m. when a white Taurus passed her at a high rate of speed as they approached the intersection of Davis Boulevard and Radio Road.

After the Taurus passed them, a woman sitting in the front passenger seat made an obscene gesture at Herrera and her daughters, reports said. The Taurus, which was in front of Herrera’s car, suddenly stopped at a red light, causing Herrera to brake abruptly, reports said.

The driver of the Taurus, Desir, got out of the car and approached Herrera, yelling and cursing at her, reports said. He reached into her car, put his hand around her throat and began choking her, reports said.

The female passenger, who was not identified in sheriff’s reports, got out of the Taurus and reached into Herrera’s car and started punching the 14-year-old, who was sitting in the front passenger seat. The 12-year-old, who was sitting in the back seat, told deputies she was too scared to do anything while her mother and sister were being battered, reports said.

Desir and the woman drove away, but Herrera was able to get the license plate on the Taurus.
Further investigation by deputies revealed the Taurus was registered to Desir. Desir also matched the description Herrera and her daughters gave deputies of the man who attacked them.

Deputies located Desir, who was driving his Taurus, shortly after 2 a.m. at the intersection of Whippoorwill Lane and Pine Ridge Road in North Naples, reports said.