California man tries to run over girlfriend after she turns down marriage proposal

November 12th, 2010 - 7:50 pm ICT by BNO News  

PICO RIVERA, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — A 22-year-old California man was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly tried to run over his girlfriend who had just turned down his marriage proposal, authorities said on Friday.

The incident happened around 2.20 p.m. PST on Wednesday afternoon in Pico Rivera, a city in southeastern Los Angeles County. The victim told deputies that she was walking on a sidewalk in front of “Burger Stop” when her boyfriend, Francisco Hernandez, attempted to run her over with his vehicle.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that Hernandez narrowly missed the victim as the vehicle jumped the curb, drove over the sidewalk, through the bushes, and into the parking lot of the restaurant.

“Fortunately, the victim was not hit by the car or injured,” said Captain Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle, which had sustained two flat tires. His abandoned vehicle was located a short time later after a witness notified deputies of its location. Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station deputies located Hernandez a short distance away from his vehicle, and he was arrested without incident.

The victim, who has children with the suspect, was provided victim assistance referral and restraining order information by deputies. Authorities believe the motive for the assault was that the victim had turned down Hernandez’ marriage proposal.

Hernandez was booked for assault with a deadly weapon (vehicle) at the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. His bail is set at $30,000.00.

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