Woman, 75, accused of trying to run down man walking dogs

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Theresa Jean Depiero By Jennifer Thomas Theresa Jean Depiero By Jennifer Thomas

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. -- A 75-year-old woman is accused of trying to run down a man who was walking his dogs in Litchfield Park Monday evening.

Theresa Jean Depiero faces one count of aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument.

During her initial appearance she told the judge, "I was only trying to scare him."

Maricopa County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a neighborhood near Camelback and Citrus roads around 5:30 p.m.  

Ray Mark Colantonio told the deputies that Depiero drove by him near Camelback and Citrus roads then started screaming obscenities at him.

"She made the comments, 'I'm going to kill you,' she tried running him over, like I said, on three separate occasions and luckily he was able to get away," said MCSO spokesman Joaquin Enriquez.

Colantonio said that he had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the Lincoln Navigator. He told deputies that he feared for his life.

Neither Depiero nor Colantonio wanted to speak with 3TV on camera Tuesday, but they did speak at length with our reporter off-camera, offering up differing versions of events on how this ongoing dispute started.

According to the court records, there was an incident involving Colantonio's and Depiero's dogs approximately eight months ago.

"It'd been ongoing between these two, however, I well tell you that yesterday, she saw him walking his dogs down the street and immediately she kicked into I'm going to run him over," Enriquez said.

Colantonio told deputies that he was accused of assaulting Depiero after their dogs got into a fight.

During her initial appearance, Depiero told the judge, "This man threatened to kill me and he knocked me out and I got a concussion," she said.

Colantonio denies those allegations.

Deputies took Depiero into custody. According to court records, she told deputies how much she hated Colantonio and had chased him toward his house. She stated that he had no reason to be on her street.

Depiero was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail. Her bond was set at $5,000.