Donald Montanez and the Death of Glen Rich
Glen Rich Takes Back his Car with a Fatal Result
When Montanez' attention turned other people at the scene, Glen Rich saw a chance to take his car back and made a break for it. Witnesses agree Rich ran to the car, got in, and started the ignition. Cory Crites saw what was happening and ran to his flatbed to retrieve a GoJak (a boot-like device that attaches to a wheel to immobilize the car) and then hurried over to affix it to the front passenger side wheel of Rich's Sebring. Celester Rich moved quickly to wrestle with Crites so he could not fully attach the GoJak.
Glen Rich backed the Sebring up slightly so he could veer to the left and drive around the flatbed parked in front of his car. Then he floored it -- the wheels spraying grass and debris, the GoJak twisting and firing off behind him as the tires searched for traction. An instant later he was hurtling forward toward Bonacker -- possibly hitting Cory Crites (although this would later be disputed) and possibly in the direction of Donald Montanez and Lorraine Marie Whitehead.
With the abrupt departure of the Chrysler Sebring, the Rich party turned to leave. Celester Rich recalled Montanez told him "Ha ha, your friend's in trouble now."
Law enforcement arrived on the crowded scene; they investigated, took statements from witnesses, and retrieved Montanez' gun from him. When they called the preliminary information into the State Attorney's Office, they were told there was not enough probable cause to arrest Montanez at that time but to continue investigating. Weeks later, prosecutors decided to move forward with the case against Donald Montanez, indicting him on six counts including second-degree murder -- potentially life imprisonment. Montanez was arrested on February 3, 2006 and released on $100,000 bail.