Federal Hill assault victim dies; attacker faces new charges

Jonathan Stack

Police said a Rhode Island dealership owner who was struck with a two-by-four in a fight over a junk-car deal that went wrong has died.

Police and a Rhode Island Hospital official told NBC 10 that I Buy Junk Cars owner Jonathan Stack died Saturday night, a day after the beating.

Daniel Lastarza was charged Friday with two felony assault counts in Providence District Court. Police said the charges will be upgraded to murder.

Lastarza, 48, has been ordered held without bail in connection with a previous probation violation.

Police say they believed the fight occurred when the 34-year-old Stack tried to get his money back over the $400 junk-car deal.

"Just a coward, to actually pick up something like a two-by-four, and swing away, those days are over, or you'd think they're over," said the victim's friend, Ray Montaquila.

Montaquila has known Stack since he was a boy. His son went to school with Stack.

"Just a hard-working boy. It's not an easy business and he was doing well at it. We're definitely going to miss him," Montaquila said.

Lastarza is also charged with assaulting another man in the same attack that claimed Stack's life.