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Man arrested after using truck to ram another vehicle

By Staff | Jan 24, 2020

Cape Coral police have reported that a man was arrested early Friday morning after pursuing three women out of a bar, then ramming the vehicle they had gotten into several times, causing the driver to fight back.

At around 12:50 a.m. today, CCPD officers responded to a disturbance with weapons at the 1300 block of Southeast 47th Terrace. Upon arrival, officers was learned that Henry Lesniak Jr., 53, had been acting strangely toward three women at South Cape bar. The women left the bar, and Lesniak followed them. The women yelled for help, and were assisted by a passerby, a man driving a white pickup truck. The women got into the white pickup to escape as Lesniak approached the driver’s window. Police said the driver presented a firearm and ordered Lesniak to back away before driving off.

Lesniak then got into his own red pickup truck and chased the white pickup, passing it. The CCPD report indicates Lesniak proceeded to back his truck up into the white pickup three times, ramming it until the two vehicles became stuck together and unable to move.

Fearing for his life and the lives of the women in his truck, the driver of the white pickup fired several rounds into the tailgate of Lesniak’s pickup. Lesniak exited his truck, and the driver held Lesniak at gunpoint until police arrival.

Based on the investigation of the responding officers and Major Crimes Unit detectives, probable cause was developed for Lesniak’s arrest for four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (his truck). The other driver’s actions in firing on Lesniak’s pickup were determined to be in self-defense and in response to Lesniak’s aggressive actions.

Lesniak, who was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, was transported to the Lee County Jail. Lesniak, according to the arrest report, is from Nashua, New Hampshire.