Stephen Irvin Saunders, an investment banker in Tampa, was arrested on Saturday, December 18 for allegedly punching a 16-year-old girl in the face in a road incident.
Saunders, because he leaned inside the vehicle, is charged with burglary with conveyance with bodily harm. According to the Hillsborough County Court System website, this is a “felony punishable by life.”
Saunders pleaded not guilty on Monday, December 20, and his attorney, Kevin Napper, said, “We are going to let the court process unfold and there is more to the story. You can quote me on that.
According to the arrest warrant, the unidentified 16-year-old was driving on North Florida Avenue around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 16, when she accidentally cut Saunders off. Saunders, 47, became “enraged” and followed her to the intersection of North Florida Avenue and East Henderson Avenue, according to the warrant.
At the intersection, he allegedly cut in front of the young woman’s car and stopped in front of her when the light turned red. At that point, according to police, he got out of his custom Porsche 911 and walked towards the 16-year-old’s car.
Police in the warrant say Saunders yelled “What are you doing (fk)?” You idiot (b — h!) You cut me! He then reached the open window on the driver’s side and “hit her in the face with a closed fist.”
“The victim suffered from redness, stiffness and bruising on the left side of the jaw,” the warrant said.
Police describe her as having a “very young appearance”. Saunders, according to the warrant and his arrest record, is 5’11 and 200 pounds.
Identifying Saunders was made easier by the custom paint job on his car. According to the warrant, the convertible is white and black with 911 “painted boldly on the driver’s side door”.
Police said after identification of the vehicle and Saunders, the 16-year-old was shown a bundle of photos including his photo. She “quickly and definitively selected the person who hit her in the face,” says the warrant.
He was arrested on Dec. 18 and a bond in the amount of $ 15,000 was issued the next day, according to online records.
Saunders, according to his arrest record on the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office website, is an independent investment banker. An online search of her name did not reveal anyone working locally in the banking industry that matched her booking photo or personal information. On LinkedIn, a page was displayed because his profile was not available.
Saunders lives at Rio Vista Court in Tampa.