Man accused of racist attack on Black man in North Fort Myers
A 26-year-old North Fort Myers man was arrested following a racial attack on Thursday.
According to an arrest report, Stephen Ray Wieczkowski attempted to run a Black man over and called him the N-word after following him from a gas station to an apartment complex.
The victim told Lee County sheriff’s deputies that he was in fear for his life. The incident happened at the Windrush Apartments off Pondella Road in North Fort Myers.
The victim said Wieczkowski followed him from a gas station nearby to the apartments and started using racial slurs against him. Wieczkowski tried to strike the victim, but the victim dodged him. Wieczkowski then went to the victim’s vehicle and ripped off the side mirror. Wieczkowski also shattered the victim’s rear window.
Wieczkowski got into his vehicle and accelerated at the victim, causing him to jump out of the way. Wieczkowski’s vehicle struck the man’s car instead.
Wieczkowski drove around the community a number of times while yelling racial slurs, got out of the car, attempted to fight, taking off his shoes and shirt. He also grabbed a hold of a yellow Kawasaki motorcycle, belonging to someone not involved in the altercation, and threw it to the ground, causing damage.
Wieczkowski is accused of aggravated assault and two counts of damaging property. He remains in the Lee County Jail on $35,000 bond.