Federal Hill beating victim had run-in with suspect’s family in ’12

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – The victim of Wednesday’s Federal Hill beating and the suspect’s son clashed over a motor vehicle two years ago, ending in an assault with a stapler, according to court records obtained by Target 12.

Jonathan Stack, 34, of Providence is listed in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital after police said he was beaten with a two-by-four piece of wood on Atwells Ave Wednesday.

Prosecutors have charged Daniel Lastarza, 48, of Providence with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

Court records show this wasn’t the first alleged violent run-in Stack has had with the Lastarza family.

In December 2012 Cranston Police arrested Stack for assaulting Lastarza’s son, also named Daniel Lastarza.

Providence police confirmed the 22-year-old Lastarza is the son of the man accused of beating stack on Federal Hill.

In the Cranston incident, Lastarza told police “Jonny Stack smashed me in the face with some kind of stapler,” according to records.

Stack accused of Lastarza of vandalizing one of his cars earlier in the day in North Providence.

According to state business filings, Stack is the owner of tow company “I Buy Junk Cars.”

The police report in the Cranston incident states the younger Lastarza worked for Lou’s Towing.

Investigators wrote “Daniel is familiar with Jonathan due to prior incidents between them.”

Stack served six months at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston after pleading no contest to felony assault in the stapler incident.

The elder Lastarza was arraigned on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in the Federal Hill beating of Stack.

Tim White ( twhite@wpri.com ) is the Target 12 investigative reporter for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter: @white_tim

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