Man Charged with Running Over Girlfriend in Minneapolis Arrested

Jeffrey Cruz Photo: Minneapolis Police Department
Jeffrey Cruz

June 12, 2017 12:37 PM

Minneapolis police report a man wanted after being charged with running over his girlfriend in an alley was arrested Sunday.

The Minneapolis Police Department Twitter account reported Jeffrey Anthony Cruz was apprehended thanks to a report from a resident who saw him and called 911.

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The Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced Friday that Cruz was being charged with assault and leaving the scene of an accident.

The charges stem from an incident last Tuesday when police were called to an address at 23rd Avenue South three times throughout the day. 

The criminal complaint states the first call came at 9:50 a.m. A woman told police the 50-year-old Cruz was drunk and she did not want him to drive. According to the report, Cruz told officers he had only had a "couple of beers and she was trying to get him in trouble."

The report said officers told him to leave but not drive.

Police were called again 20 minutes later, the report states, on reports of the couple in the alley arguing.

Then, at 10:42 a.m., police were called back by witnesses who reported taking video of Cruz running over the woman. The complaint states she was taken to the hospital where she was diagnosed with brain bleeds, fractured left ribs, a collapsed left lung, a broken jaw and fractures to her jaw and sternum.

The report said the video and witness accounts indicate the woman stood with her back to the van, and Cruz kept inching the vehicle forward while she gave ground. She then reportedly turned around and put her hands on the van's hood. That's when Cruz is alleged to have accelerated, knocking her to the ground and reportedly running her over.

He is reported to have then continued on without stopping.

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