Suspect in Haines City Violent Assault Captured
Lake County Sheriff's Office Arrested Jose Chaidez
Last updated 9/28/2023 at 7:58pm
A manhunt for a suspect who was seen on video violently assaulting a Haines City woman and two men who came to her defense was successfully concluded when the man was arrested by the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office has been notified that 35-year old Jose Chaidez of Haines City has been arrested in Lake County.
a warrant for Chaidez's arrest had been issued, leading area law enforcement agencies to alert to track him down.
Chaidez was captured on video as he allegedly threatened the woman at the store with a butcher knife, slapped her with the knife, struck her, and pulled her by the hair while attempting to take her out of the store..
The police reports says that a 43-year-old Haines City man "saw the violence occurring and stepped forward in an attempt to stop the man from beating the woman." Chaidez overpowered the man and then repeatedly struck him in the head while he lay unconscious on the floor. His name was not released by law enforcement.
Chaidez then attacked a second man who attempted to intervene in the beating, striking him. Witnesses reported the attack by dialing 911, but Chaidez left the scene before law enforcement and EMS arrived.
He has been charged with attempted second degree murder, armed burglary with battery, burglary with battery, criminal mischief, and stalking/ domestic violence.
Chaidez was booked into the Lake County Jail and will be brought back to Polk County in the near future, according to a statement by the Polk County Sheriff's Office.