Man rams car filled with children in case of mistaken identity, deputies say

Deputies: Justin Davis, 30, drove his van into the wrong woman's vehicle

Booking photo of Justin Davis

A Putnam County man accused of intentionally ramming his van into a vehicle filled with children thought the woman driving the vehicle was someone else when he attacked, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

Justin Davis, 30, has been arrested and charged with five counts of aggravated assault with a weapon.

Deputies said Davis intentionally drove his Dodge van into the victim’s vehicle at the intersection of North Moody Road and Reid Street in Palatka.

Deputies said that, apparently, Davis thought the 28-year-old woman driving the vehicle was someone else he'd previous argued with. But the woman had her four children, ranging in age from 1 to 8, in the vehicle with her.

After seeing him ram the woman's vehicle, witnesses heard Davis cursing loudly at the victim, deputies said.

The woman and her children were all taken to Putnam Community Medical Center to be checked out and were later released.

A witness at the scene took a picture with Davis' vehicle and tag number, and deputies were able to track the vehicle to Davis’ Heidt Road home, deputies said.

Davis is currently being held without bond in the county jail. 

Putnam County deputies said they are working to find the intended victim to ensure her safety should Davis become eligible for release.