Tow driver attacked with broken bottle, police say


Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 2:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 2:42 p.m.

A driver for an auto recycling company who arrived with money to buy a car for scrap ended up in a battle Tuesday with a man who police say tried to rob him.

Steven Fournier, who works for D&D Auto Recycling, arrived at 118 NE 22nd St. around 10 a.m. with $200 to buy a Toyota Corolla for scrap, according to a Gainesville Police report.

Fournier backed his tow truck up to the junk car and got out when Danny Junior Hunter, 31, went up to him and started punching him, the report said.

“Give me the $200. Give it to me, or I will kill you, man,” Hunter yelled at the driver, according to the report.

When Fournier refused, Hunter picked up a piece of broken glass from a wine bottle and hit the driver in the elbow, cutting him. Fournier grabbed a miniature bat and hit Hunter in the face and head.

Hunter ran off and Fournier lost him in the woods.

Police found Hunter and arrested him on a charge of attempted armed robbery. Hunter, of 218 SE 26th St., was being held at the Alachua County jail on Wednesday on $100,000 bond.

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