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Sunday, May 7, 2017

The First Date From Hell Case

     Efren Molina experienced a smaller scale but real-life version of what Clint Eastwood and Michael Douglas went through in the classic thrillers, "Play Misty For Me" (1971), and "Fatal Attraction" (1987). In both films, Eastwood and Douglas scored quickly with women they didn't know who turned out to be violent psychopaths extremely adverse to rejection.

     On Tuesday evening, November 20, 2012, 39-year-old Efren Molina, a week after meeting Jillian Martone, took the 35-year-old out to dinner in Boca Raton, Florida. It was their first date. Following food and drinks, the couple returned to Molina's apartment.

     Shortly after midnight, things turned ugly when Martone referred to herself as Molina's girlfriend. Taking exception to that characterization of their relationship, he corrected her. She flew into a rage. Molina asked his date to leave the apartment, but instead of stomping out of the place, Martone allegedly punched him in the face, then tried to stab him with a kitchen knife.

     After disarming the furious woman, Molina told Martone to leave his apartment. She refused. Molina and his roommate had to drag the screaming woman down the stairs and out of the building. Moline returned to his apartment and called the police.

     Before the police arrived at the scene, Martone threw two rocks that smashed Molina's apartment window. When officers with the Boca Raton arrived at the scene, they found a hysterical Martone still outside Molina's building.  After questioning Molina and Martone, the police took the woman into custody.

     Martone was charged with aggravated assault with intent to kill, battery, and burglary. (Why burglary? Once she refused to leave the apartment, Martone became an intruder.)

     This was not the first time Jillian Martone had run afoul of the law. In January 2011, she had been arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct and causing a public disturbance. Three months later, the police took her into custody on charges of DUI and possession of a harmful drug without a prescription.

     While first dates are risky, and don't always turn out well, not many end up with bloody faces, broken windows, and hysterical women being hauled off to jail on charges of aggravated assault. It could have been worse. Who knows what would have happened had there been a second date. (I have been unable to determine the disposition of this case, but will venture a guess that the criminal charges were dropped in exchange for some kind of mental health treatment.)   

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