Haines City, Florida – In a horrifying turn of events in Haines City, a man attempting to save a 64-year-old woman was brutally beaten and left in critical condition.
A Sudden and Vicious Attack
On September 23, surveillance footage at the Haines City J and S Food Mart captured a chilling scene. 35-year-old Jose Chaidez, brandishing a butcher knife, barged into the store, directly approaching his ex-girlfriend, a 64-year-old woman working behind the counter. Deputies relayed that Chaidez not only threatened her verbally but also physically assaulted her, striking her with the knife and pulling her by her hair.
Valiant Rescue Attempt Turns Tragic
While Chaidez was attempting to force his ex-girlfriend out of the store, a brave 43-year-old male bystander intervened, confronting the assailant. However, instead of deterring Chaidez, it led him to redirect his violent rage towards the Good Samaritan. The ensuing struggle between the two men was captured on video, showing the younger Chaidez overpowering the other man, knocking him to the ground, and proceeding to strike him repeatedly even after he had fallen unconscious.
Another man also approached in an attempt to halt Chaidez but was swiftly attacked and then retreated. Before law enforcement or paramedics could arrive, Chaidez fled the scene. The 43-year-old, despite his critical injuries, is now in a stable condition and expected to recover, as per recent updates.
Urgent Manhunt and a Plea for Public Assistance
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd expressed profound concern regarding the incident. "This very violent man needs to be apprehended immediately. To assault a senior woman and then mercilessly attack a man trying to help shows he's a severe threat to society," remarked Judd. He urged anyone with information on Chaidez's whereabouts to come forward.
Chaidez, now wanted for a series of charges including attempted second-degree murder and stalking, has an unsettling criminal past, encompassing kidnapping, aggravated assault, and domestic violence.
Authorities are actively seeking tips and encourage anyone with information to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office 863-298-6200 or Heartland Crime Stoppers 1-800-226-8477.
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