UPDATE 9/20/2022: Charges have been upgraded. Nicholas M. Fontanez now faces a Second Degree Murder charge.
Punta Gorda, FL – September 19, 2022
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes unit is currently investigating a domestic incident resulting in the death of a 20-year-old woman. The incident occurred at 47830 Bermont Road on Friday, September 16th, when 22-year-old Nicholas M. Fontanez (12/02/2000) called 9-1-1 stating he had hurt the woman during an argument. Fontanez was arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail on the charge of Aggravated Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm. This is an active investigation with additional charges pending autopsy results.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please reach out for assistance. Contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at 941-639-2101 or the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies at 941-627-6000.
Updates will be released here once confirmed.