Florida Keys Man Punched Woman Driving Car, Stripped and Laid in Road: Authorities

Stock Island man rings in New Year's behind bars after wild spree

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013  |  Updated 3:26 PM EDT
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A Florida man ringed in the New Year in jail after he punched a woman while she was driving then took off all his clothes and laid down in the middle of a highway in Stock Island Monday night, authorities said.

The wild night began when 24-year-old Deni Noa reached into a car and punched the woman in the eye as she was stopped at the light at US 1 and Cross Street around 9:30 p.m., according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Noa fled the scene on foot.

As a deputy was speaking with the 24-year-old victim and getting a description of her attacker, police received reports of a man lying in the roadway near the Key Haven boat ramp, authorities said.

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When a deputy arrived, he found Noa lying naked on the ground with two other men, later identified as his brothers, struggling with him and trying to put him into the trunk of a car, authorities said.

The deputy held the three at Taser point until backup arrived. Noa's short were found nearby and the deputies helped him put them back on, authorities said.

The woman who had been punched was brought to the scene where she identified Noa as her attacker, authorities said.

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As deputies tried to handcuff Noa, he refused to cooperate and at one point threatened to find both deputies when he was released from jail and kill them, authorities said.

Noa had to be placed in a restraint chair at the jail as he kept fighting and kicked one deputy in the kneecap, authorities said.

Noa was charged with battery, assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, making threats to a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence.

He was being held without bond Tuesday and it's unknown whether he has an attorney.

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