Boynton Beach (FL)

“demons are coming after you”: Former Exchange Student Assaults Woman Who Hosted Him

Shouting at Montfort that “demons are coming after you,” Franchi repeatedly choked and assaulted the woman during an attack that lasted for nearly 10 hours, city police said.

… Montfort said Franchi began displaying odd behavior and that 10 days ago an argument resulted in Franchi slapping her in the face, grabbing her wrist and destroying a glass coffee table.

Things got worse Friday night after Montfort chastised Franchi for leaving a wet towel on a wooden chair. They argued for an hour. Franchi then woke Montfort around 2 a.m., grabbing her left wrist and repeating warnings about “demons.”

Franchi pinned the woman on the bed and said he’d have to kill her to get rid of the demons, according to the arrest report. Franchi began choking Montfort to the point the woman nearly passed out.

Franchi released his grip only to begin choking Montfort with a cord. He then tried to smother Montfort with a pillow, the woman told police.

Montfort said Franchi made her “kneel” and “bow” in submission. Franchi also punched Montfort, destroyed her cellphone and struck her in the head with a vanity mirror.

Eventually, Montfort managed to break away and barricaded herself in a bathroom. Montfort cried for help but Franchi blasted loud music from a stereo to drown out her screams.

Boynton Beach police: One-time exchange student beat, terrorized former host. The Palm Beach Post, 9/23/2013.

Boy’s Birthday Party Becomes 18-Man Brawl

Saturday’s battle allegedly began when two men “exchanged words” in the restaurant’s bathroom.

Within minutes, all hell broke loose — with men from other birthday parties clashing in the dining room and trampling on the boy’s grandmother.

Staff managed to throw the fighters off the premises.

But they drove to a nearby street to continue the ruckus, which ended with a man being shot.

Boy’s birthday party at a Florida Chuck E. Cheese ruined by brawl, shooting, mom’s arrest for drugs. NY Daily News, 3/19/2013.

“She said, ‘Why won’t you kill me?’ He said, ‘No, you’re going to live with this.’ ”

The couple were scheduled to meet with a court-ordered mediator on Tuesday. In a bag Boynton Beach crime scene investigators found at his former home on Southwest 8th Avenue was a TEC-9, a once-banned semi-automatic handgun, plus extra ammunition. There was duct tape. Cutting shears. And a note.

The note was addressed to the couple’s eldest son, a 19-year-old former Little League star who no longer lived with his parents. Police have not released the note, but they described it as “emotional.”

It was friends and neighbors who were emotional on Sunday, struggling with the tragic news Isidro Zavala had killed himself with a .38-caliber pistol after doing the unthinkable, killing two of his sons while their mother fought him and pleaded for him to kill her instead, at the home they had once shared.

Just before 2 a.m. Saturday, police found Eduardo, 12, strangled on the back patio. His little brother, Marco, 11, died in the kitchen dining area, both strangled and shot. Their mother, Victoria Flores Zavala, had pleaded with Zavala, according to Boynton Beach Police Chief Matthew Immler.

“She said, ‘Why won’t you kill me?’ He said, ‘No, you’re going to live with this,’” Immler told reporters.

Boynton Beach man who killed 2 sons, himself, took days to plan attack. The Palm Beach Post, 2/3/2013.

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