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Police: Victim's husband hit attempted robbery suspect with vehicle

Posted February 23, 2008
Updated April 30, 2008

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— Police charged the husband of the victim of an attempted stabbing after he hit the suspect with his vehicle.

A female customer was smoking a cigarette outside Primo's Pizza on Yadkin Road around 10 p.m. Police said Aaron McLeod attempted to rob and stab her, but she managed to break free and run inside the restaurant.

McLeod ran away from the scene down Horseshoe Road, and the victim's husband, Stanton Moretti Jr., got in his vehicle to pursue him.

Moretti then struck McLeod with his vehicle, police said.

McLeod was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. He was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon.

Moretti faces one charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

No word was immediately available on whether McLeod will be charged.

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  • Space Mountain Feb 25, 2008

    Too bad. He shouldn't have tried to stab his wife.

  • snizzake Feb 25, 2008

    all you liberals.... if this perp had stabbed your wife, tell me you would absolutely let him run while you sat there and called police!! if that's what you would do, then I would say your wife needs to divorce your and find a real man. I would think that if Mr. Moretti wanted to KILL the guy, he would have. He apparently only wanted to disable him temporarily so that he couldn't run away. I probably would have done the same.

  • Navaho1 Feb 25, 2008

    I would be very surprised if a Cumberland county jury would convict this guy - they might just give him a medal!! So my best guess is we are wasting tax payers money.

  • wstarhawks Feb 25, 2008

    Hit with the door? Critical condition? What planet did you fall off of?

    "critical but stable" conditions are frequently reported, likely due to the fact that the word "critical" in mainstream usage is often used to denote a condition that is severe but not necessarily immediately life-threatening (provided that the patient is under professional care).

    The suspect could have recieved a concussion and be in critical condition. All I am saying is there is not enough info here to make a decision on how much force could be used.

  • Thinkb4uspeak Feb 25, 2008

    Plus there is not enough info in the story, the story states he hit the suspect with his vehicle, not ran him down. he could have opened the door and hit the suspect with it. So if he pulled a gun on the suspect would that be considered equal force? wstarhawks

    Hit with the door? Critical condition? What planet did you fall off of?

  • ratherbnnc Feb 25, 2008

    Plus there is not enough info in the story, the story states he hit the suspect with his vehicle, not ran him down. he could have opened the door and hit the suspect with it.
    So if he pulled a gun on the suspect would that be considered equal force?
    wstarhawks

    If he hit the suspect with his car door as you say. Its still assault with a deadly weapon. Fact is.. he didnt pull a gun on the suspect, so thats a moot point! You are dwelling now into "What ifs". Common sense would say... if the owner was out of his vehicle and the suspect had a knife, the owner had a gun outside the vehicle, then sure.. that would be equal force. Fact that the owner was inside a 4000 pound vehicle with the doors closed and the perp was running with a knife away from the owner, its pretty much common sense that he was no threat.

  • wstarhawks Feb 25, 2008

    Plus there is not enough info in the story, the story states he hit the suspect with his vehicle, not ran him down. he could have opened the door and hit the suspect with it.

  • wstarhawks Feb 25, 2008

    And what planet did you fall off of?? A car against a knife is not the proper amount of equal force.

    So if he pulled a gun on the suspect would that be considered equal force?

  • shep8851 Feb 25, 2008

    The necessity defense is well established in criminal law--but again, how hard it is to apply in court, I don't know. but it is there.

  • ratherbnnc Feb 25, 2008

    Considering he was following the man and trying to detain him for subsequent arrest by police, and his wife had told him he had a knife then I would say he used the proper amount of force to detain the individual by knocking the suspect down with his vehicle to protect his own life while from being stabbed himself.
    wstarhawks

    And what planet did you fall off of?? A car against a knife is not the proper amount of equal force.

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