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Hillsborough woman who was shot, beaten remains hospitalized

TAMPA — The 31-year-old woman who deputies say was shot, kidnapped and beaten by her ex-boyfriend Saturday remained hospitalized Monday in serious but stable condition.

New details about the incident have emerged in arrest and search warrant documents.

About 7:45 a.m., Jayson Michael Aponte broke through the locked front door of Michelle Lugo's home at 6368 Kingston Drive, armed with a loaded, .40-caliber Glock pistol and in a "jealous rage," said Sheriff's Office spokesman J.D. Callaway.

Aponte and Lugo, both from Puerto Rico, have children together but were seeing others, Callaway said. Lugo's new boyfriend was there but escaped before Aponte started shooting, Callaway said.

Multiple shots were fired, and a bullet struck Lugo in the groin. Lugo's boyfriend told investigators he watched Aponte carry Lugo to a silver Honda Civic and drive away, records state.

The new boyfriend called one of Lugo's relatives, who then called 911, Callaway said. When deputies arrived, they saw a pool of blood inside the front door, bullets on the floor and bullet holes in the walls, according to a search warrant.

About 8:20 a.m., Aponte stopped on the Courtney Campbell Parkway and dragged Lugo toward a patch of mangrove trees, the records state. A passer-by called 911.

Tampa police officers responded and saw Aponte punching Lugo, according to an affidavit. Officers took Aponte into custody at gunpoint, and Lugo was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition.

Callaway said Lugo was upgraded to serious but stable condition by Monday morning.

He said police found Aponte's gun at the edge of the water. "We think he was actually out there to kill her," Callaway said. "That woman is very lucky."

Aponte was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, burglary and being a felon in possession of a weapon, and he remained in a Hillsborough County jail without bail.

It is not Aponte's first arrest, but it is his first violent offense in the state. His criminal record dates to 2008, when he was charged with felony fleeing to elude a police officer, reckless driving, operating an unregistered vehicle, not having a valid license and permitting an unauthorized person to drive. He was sentenced to a year of probation.

Though Hillsborough court records show no restraining orders against Aponte, the arrest affidavit states he and Lugo have a history of domestic violence.

At Lugo's single-story beige home, investigators found .40-caliber ammunition in the laundry room, in a bedroom nightstand, a bedroom laundry basket, a bedroom closet and in the dining room.

There was a shotgun with ammunition in a bedroom closet and shotgun ammunition on the kitchen counter.

From jail, Aponte declined an interview request.

Kim Wilmath can be reached at kwilmath@sptimes.com or (813) 661-2442.

Hillsborough woman who was shot, beaten remains hospitalized 07/26/10 [Last modified: Monday, July 26, 2010 10:57pm]
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