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Pizzeria vigilante gets his day in court

Posted February 25, 2008
Updated April 30, 2008

— Stanton Moretti Jr. appeared in court with his lawyer Monday to face charges that he used his vehicle as a weapon outside Primo's Pizza in Fayetteville Friday night.

According to police, Moretti was with his wife at the pizzeria on Yadkin Road when  Aaron McLeod attempted to rob and stab her. She managed to break free and run inside the restaurant.

As McLeod ran away from the scene, Moretti Jr., gave chase in his car, ultimately hitting McLeod.

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


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  • PeaceOut2017 Feb 26, 2008

    the robber attacked the wrong guy's wife

  • sunflowerbubbles Feb 26, 2008

    Way to go! Maybe he should be our Role Model! Taking care of people being victimized! maybe this kind of Man will scare off other criminals...I don't think he should be in court...leave him alone, he was PROTECTING his family, something the law dosent do!

  • retired and luv it Feb 25, 2008

    Well this guy doesn t look like he might be from my neighborhood but I applaud him. We need teams headed up by guy s like this to protect the streets of Durham, Fayetteville, Rocky Mt, Wilson, Raleigh and your city too and let the police and city officials do studies and waste money on how to handle rising crime. Follow this guy--at least he's got a clue.

  • Fayettevillain Feb 25, 2008

    Mayor??? Give me a break. He is a vigilante and should be prosecuted to the fullest. He fired to irresponsible shots into the air. Then jumped into a big body suv and ran him down multiple times. These are not the actions of a rational person. Mr. Moretti is known in Fayetteville as a violent man, and was being sued for assault by a former employee, before any of this occured.

  • ghimmy47 Feb 25, 2008

    Mr Moretti is a HERO and has protected ALL of us from this dangerous felon and attempted murderer. What do you think the man would do later that night or the next night or the next week? THE SAME ... with worse consequences. GIVE MR. MORETTI A MEDAL AND THE KEY TO THE CITY. I'm voting for him for Mayor.

  • drnc Feb 25, 2008

    If I was on the grand jury, he would not be indicted. If I had seen someone try to stab my wife, I would have done the same thing.

  • Dido Feb 25, 2008

    "Pizzeria Vigilante"....makes HIM sound like the criminal.

  • WhatYaGonnaDoNow Feb 25, 2008

    dianadarling - I would have done the same thing too if it had been my wife. Now watch the guy try to sue this family for his injuries. Though, I've always wondered.... If a criminal sues you for injuries he got when he was committing a crime against you, couldn't you counter sue him for the mental anguish, yada yada, that he put you through?

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Feb 25, 2008

    My WIFE's, husband would do the exact same thing!!! We need to make sure this does not go to trail!!!

  • lizard Feb 25, 2008

    Good pop! Hope the driver goes free.