Deltona, FL – A 45-year-old man from DeLand is behind bars after he tried to rob a family in their own driveway and intentionally drove over one of the victims – twice.
A 71-year-old woman and her 45-year-old son were in their garage in the 200 block of N Normandy Blvd around 2:30 PM on Saturday when a stranger, later identified as 45-year-old Charles Pace, Jr., in an SUV pulled into their driveway. Pace got out of the vehicle and asked the mother and son if they had any gas to spare. They said no, then he asked if they had any money to help him pay for a hotel room. Then things took a turn for the worse.
Pace demanded money, claiming to have a gun, then got into the family’s car, as if he were going to steal it. The son then armed himself with a hammer, and Pace got back into his own vehicle. The son started hitting Pace’s SUV with the hammer, and Pace ran him over – twice.
The victim’s 26-year-old son came out of the house around this time and saw what was happening, so he started hitting Pace in the face through the open passenger window. The 1st VCSO deputies arrived on the scene at this point and took Pace into custody.
The victim was taken by EVAC ambulance to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford as a trauma alert. Doctors have reported that he suffered a fractured pelvis, several fractured ribs, and severe lacerations. As of Sunday, he’s still in critical, but stable, condition, largely due to the amount of blood that he lost.
Deputies didn’t find a gun on Pace, but they did find 2 smoking devices with traces of cocaine.
Pace has been charged with attempted 1st-degree murder, 2 counts of attempted robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, burglary, grand theft, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He’s being held at the Volusia County Jail without bond.
(Pace’s mugshot courtesy Volusia County Jail)
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