Lantana woman allegedly beaten by homeless man she was helping

Jack Vigil, 45, charged with domestic battery

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - A Lantana woman says a homeless man who she tried to help get back on his feet beat her. The victim saw the profile of the man who said he was a homeless veteran back in May and wanted to help him, his four dogs and his cat.

Jack Vigil, 45, stood handcuffed before a Palm Beach County judge Wednesday, facing a domestic battery charge. If the name Jack Vigil sounds familiar, he appeared in a NewsChannel 5 story in May.

At that point, he said that he was veteran of the U.S. Air Force, that he was homeless and suffering from PTSD. At that time, he was living out of the back of a rental truck in Boynton Beach with his animals.

Much has changed for Vigil since then. That Penske truck he rented was reported stolen a few weeks ago, police in Aurora, Colorado reported. This week came, perhaps, the most disturbing development.

Vigil is accused of beating a Lantana woman who voluntarily took Vigil and all his animals into her home after hearing his story. Shaken and afraid, Patty Steenbuck is expected to recover.

A public defender said Vigil needed to be released to continue his medical treatments at the VA. A check - both locally and nationally - with the Veteran's Administration could not locate any record of any treatment. Also in question is Vigil's account of the timetable and duration of military service. Federal authorities are still combing through records to find a definitive answer.

Vigil was being held on $1,500 bond. He ordered to have no contact with the victim or any kind of weapons. He had not been released from the Palm Beach County jail as of early Wednesday evening.