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Fayetteville man accused of running down wife in pickup

Posted November 15, 2013

— Cumberland County deputies have arrested a Fayetteville man after he allegedly ran over his wife with his pickup following a domestic dispute, authorities said Friday.

Ronald Joseph Guilette, 29, of 5120 Buckskin Drive, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon. He was released from the Cumberland County jail on a $5,000 bond.

Authorities said Guilette got into a physical and verbal argument with his wife in their front yard on Thursday. During the altercation, he backed his truck out of the driveway and ran over her while she was standing in the street, authorities said.

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Trisha Guilette, 29, was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with broken ribs, a broken pelvis, a concussion, cuts, a hand fracture and other injuries.

She said her husband became violent when she wanted him to take their kids to the bus stop while she got ready for work. The couple has five children.

She said she called 911 after he threw her to the ground.

"I was telling him, 'Don't go. The police are coming. You're going to get in more trouble,'" Trisha Guilette said in an interview from her hospital bed. "He took off. I went under (the truck)."

She said she was crouched on her side when the front tires rolled over her.

"I knew the back tires were coming, so I quickly rolled on my belly and quickly tightened up my stomach as fast as I could to try to withhold that pressure," she said.

A neighbor rushed out to help her. She said her husband did not.

"(He) was still yelling at me, blaming me. No remorse," Trisha Guilette said. "He got up and out of jail in five hours, which I think is not fair."

She believes her husband should be charged with attempted murder.

"This was no little spit-spat. This was serious," Trisha Guilette said.

Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, said more charges could be pending for Ronald Guilette.

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  • golfnrev Nov 15, 2013

    Many who have commented are saying;"She chose to marry a violent man". You need to consider also that at the time of their marriage that he was not a violent person.

  • spunkyisbackagain Nov 15, 2013

    She choose to marry a violent, evil man. See it all the time. When will you women learn? Life is all about choices, and now it's time to face the consequences."

    And tell me how you know he's been violent before?

    Also, it is all about choices. He chose to act violently and now will likely get jail time. He could have chosen to have kept his mouth shut and his truck keys in his pocket but obviously didn't. Oh well, do the crime, do the time.

  • godnessgracious2 Nov 15, 2013

    Domestic violence is a choice, and if you don't want to be a victim of it then don't choose to marry somebody who might later choose to be violent toward you. Instead choose somebody who wouldn't hurt a fly. Oh no, that won't work for a woman, she needs to choose the violent guy and then blame her situation on others.

  • monami Nov 15, 2013

    Domestic violence IS a CHOICE. And he allegedly CHOSE to hit her with his truck.

    When will women learn? That comment shows complete ignorance about the subject of domestic violence. It's exactly the mindset of the domestically violent person to blame the other person. Guess you can't fix stu...oh, never mind.

  • godnessgracious2 Nov 15, 2013

    how can you logically blame the victim??

    She choose to marry a violent, evil man. See it all the time. When will you women learn? Life is all about choices, and now it's time to face the consequences.

  • LetsBeFair Nov 15, 2013

    It doesn't sound as if this were an accident?

  • LetsBeFair Nov 15, 2013

    looks like he'd do it again too!!

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 15, 2013

    This wouldn't have happened if he had a back up camera in the truck.

  • carolinarox Nov 15, 2013

    Why? You don't know all the circumstances nor the presented evidence. The magistrate has mandated guidelines with which to set bail. This obviously was a low threshold threat or assault.
    stymieindurham

    And you do? Please share, because there is nothing obvious about it. All of her injuries do not translate to a "low threshold" (whatever that is) assualt. It sounds more like assault with intent to kill.

  • spunkyisbackagain Nov 15, 2013

    I, like monami, am not believing some of the comments. A lot of you appear to be rushing to make this the victim's fault, when nothing in the story indicates that is indeed the case.

    If anything, based on the story above, the man *definitely* intended to run over his wife.

    "that Guilette got into a physical and verbal argument with his wife in their front yard on Thursday. During the altercation, he backed his truck out of the driveway and ran over his wife while she was standing in the street, authorities said." The victim didn't run in front of the moving truck, she was standing in the street and he RAN OVER HER.

    So unless you are seeing something I'm missing, how can you logically blame the victim??

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