(March 15, 2019)- On February 7, 2019, around 10:15 PM, Cape Coral Police responded to a call for service at Diamond Billiards located at 1242 SW Pine Island Rd in reference to a disturbance with injuries.
Upon arrival of officers two victims were located, Fitzgerald and Collier. Due to the severity of injuries along with the complexity of the investigation, Detective Kortright from the Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene.
Based on the investigation, Fitzgerald was standing outside of the Diamonds Billiards business when he was attacked by Nicholas Francis Brady (W/M, DOB: 01/30/1981, 232 NE 16th PL) with a glass beer mug, causing severe injuries to his head and hand. Surveillance video shows the attack was unprovoked and that Jeffrey Clyde Montgomery Jr (W/M, DOB: 02/07/1992, 2223 NW 3rd Ave) also struck Fitzgerald with what appeared to the be brass knuckles. Surveillance further shows Montgomery Jr. with an object on his hand as he strikes Fitzgerald. During the attack on Fitzgerald, the second victim attempted to intervene and was struck by Brady with the glass beer mug and by Montgomery Jr. with the object on his hand. Collier sustained minor injuries and was treated on scene. Both suspects were positively identified. Afterward both suspects fled west on foot. Montgomery Jr. later returned to the scene to retrieve his vehicle and officers detained him.
Detective Kortright filed for two warrants on Brady which were approved. On March 15, 2019 around 1:31 AM, a refused party called the Cape Coral Police to report that Brady was currently at the Cape Clubhouse located at 1404 Del Prado Blvd South. At closing time, officers went into the front of the establishment and attempted to make contact with Brady. Officer Engh was positioned at the rear door Cape Clubhouse and upon Brady seeing law enforcement officers enter the front door, Brady exited the rear door of the building. Brady was holding an approximately six foot piece of PVC pipe. As Brady exited the rear of the building, Officer Engh gave several verbal commands for him to drop the pipe and stop but Brady took off running westbound down SE 14th Street. Brady dropped the pole at the intersection of SE 14th Street and SE 15th Place and continued to run, entering the backyard at 1451 SE 15th Street. Brady was located hiding under bushes against a fence and was given verbal commands to surrender while K9 Handler Scrobe and K9 Carbon were standing by. After several commands, Brady surrendered to officers without further issue and was placed under arrest.
Montgomery Jr was charged with 2-counts of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon on February 8, 2019.
Brady was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery, and Resisting LE Without Violence on March 15, 2019.
Both subjects were transferred to Lee County Jail.
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