Ex-US marine accused of running over Aruba female cab driver

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Posted: Feb 03, 2016 3:11 PM

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — An ex-U.S. Marine has been arrested on suspicion of beating, running over and threatening to rape a 70-year-old female taxi driver in the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.

Police say 30-year-old Patrick Maxwell of Austin, Texas, is charged with attempted rape and aggravated assault. Maxwell appeared in court on Tuesday and remains jailed.

Authorities said Maxwell was on a company trip when he hit taxi driver Grace Angela in the face and threatened to rape her. Authorities said he then got into her taxi and drove away, running over her torso and leg.

Attorney Chris Lejuez said his client does not remember much of what happened.

The New York Times profiled Maxwell in a story about ex-U.S. military members voluntarily fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.