Man tries to carjack, attack homeless advocate, Daytona police say

Man passing out bottled water when Michael Speaks jumped in van, attacked

Local 6 News at 6:00p
Local 6 News at 6:00p

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Beach police have arrested a homeless man who they say attacked a man and tried stealing his van on Sunday afternoon.

Mike Pastore, 60,  who is an advocate for the homeless, was passing out bottled water on North Street when police said 31-year-old Michael Speaks jumped in his van.

"I knew he wasn't going to get away that. I leaped over the driver seat, grabbed the seat, grabbed the ignition and turned the ignition off," said Mike Pastore.

The van stopped in the street but the struggle between the two wasn't over.

"He started wrestling me with the car keys and so on and started punching me in the head," he said.

That's when Pastore said he finally gained control and pushed Speaks out of his van.

"I said some non pastor like things to him and he was chased up North Street to the corner, then I lost sight of him," he said.

Officers quickly found Speaks in the area and arrested him for carjacking, but Pastore said this incident doesn't change a thing.

"Tomorrow, I'll be out there doing the same thing, helping people," said Pastore.

Speaks is in the Volusia County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Pastore said he's not hurt, just a little sore.

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