Man charged with running over 4 outside Minneapolis nightclub pleads not guilty

Man charged with running over 4 outside Minneapolis nightclub pleads not guilty Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Updated: December 12, 2019 04:17 PM

A man who authorities say ran over multiple people outside a nightclub in Minneapolis in October has pleaded not guilty.

Eduardo Morales, 24, of Minneapolis, entered the plea to three counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of second-degree murder on Thursday.

Police responded to a call of a vehicle running over multiple people outside Rouge at The Lounge nightclub at about 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 18. Officers found four victims outside the club, including one who was bleeding from his ears and was unresponsive, a criminal complaint states.

Minneapolis man charged with attempted murder, assault after running over 4 people outside nightclub

Several witnesses told police the suspect and his friend got in a fight with others from the nightclub on the street outside the club. After the fight was broken up, witnesses told police Morales told his friend, "Give me your keys," got into a white Mercedes and drove away from the fight, the complaint states. He then suddenly reversed the vehicle, running over four people.

One witness told police Morales was driving 50 to 60 miles per hour. After running over the four people, he continued in reverse toward N. Second Avenue and Fifth Street, and then drove forward, running over at least two of the victims again, according to the complaint. Morales later turned himself in to the police.

His trial is set to begin on March 31.

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