4 attacked after getting lost in woods, deputies say

Published: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 5:47 p.m.

An adventure in the woods after Tuesday night’s fireworks show on Archer Road turned in a nightmare for four people and left one woman in jail accused of ramming their ATVs with her truck and poking one with a screw driver.

Kevin Lee, 42, of Gainesville, told deputies that he helped shoot off fireworks at Tuesday’s Fire & Ice Festival at the YMCA property on Archer Road. Three friends were with him.

Afterward, Lee and the three others got on two ATVs to explore woods behind the property. They got lost and ended up in an open field at 7700 SW 95th St., where they saw a pickup truck coming toward them, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s report.

Lee told ASO that the driver, later identified as Crissy Angela Morris, 39, of 8017 SW 95th St., described as “wild eyed” and “not normal” in the report, rammed his ATV at a speed of 15 to 20 mph.

Morris reportedly got out of the truck and screamed at Lee and the others to get off her property, threatening to shoot them.

The report states that Lee explained to Morris that they were lost and that they would gladly leave if she would show them the way out.

Instead, Morris continued to yell at them. She allegedly got a screw driver and struck Matthew Howell, 34, of Newberry, four times in the face with the handle end of it.

Morris got back in her truck and made movements indicating she was loading a weapon. They got back on the ATVs, one of which was hit by Morris’ truck the report states.

They were able to get away when Morris’ truck became stuck.

Deputies were called to 9409 Archer Road at 11:34 p.m. by the victims. The report states Howell was bleeding from cuts to the left side of his face. He also had a large bump above his left eyebrow with a bloody cut in the center of it.

Deputies found Morris stuck on a service road near her house. She said the people on ATVs drove onto her property and told her they were with the ASO.

The report states she said that one of the men punched her in the throat and ripped her shirt. The deputy reported he did not see any visible injuries but that she did have a small rip in her shirt.

The screw driver and a shotgun were in the truck.

Morris was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, and aggravated battery. She was being held on Wednesday at the Alachua County jail on $15,000 bond.

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