Elizabeth, New Jersey (WABC) — A man in Elizabeth, New Jersey, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.
The incident occurred on Salem Avenue and Aberdeen Road on Monday morning. According to witnesses, the victim and suspect, 56-year-old Vincent He Jean, driving a silver Mitsubishi, was involved in a minor car accident in the area.
After the accident, Jean tried to flee the scene, but the 23-year-old victim, who was standing on the sidewalk, began taking pictures of the suspect’s car to identify himself to police.
Gene then drove towards the victim and she began running to the lawn to avoid being hit, police said.
Authorities said the suspect then drove into the lawn and hit the 23-year-old girl before backing up and intentionally running over her a second time.
He then fled the area in an SUV.
The victim suffered numerous injuries and was taken to a university hospital in critical condition.
Patrol Officer Elizabeth eventually finds Gene sitting alone in the driver’s seat of a damaged SUV parked on Jefferson Avenue.
He was arrested and charged with 1st degree attempted murder, 2nd degree aggravated assault, 3rd degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, 3rd degree motor vehicle assault, and 3rd degree serious injury in a motor vehicle accident. He was charged with eviction from the scene. , 3rd degree endangering the injured victim, and 3rd degree possession of a weapon for illegal purposes.
The victim’s family released the following statement on Thursday:
“The family would like to thank the Union County Attorney’s Office, the Elizabeth Police Department, paramedics, and Mayor of Elizabeth Chris Bollwayge for their timely response to this incident. We would also like to extend our thanks to the citizens of Elizabeth. We would like to thank you for your help and support, especially the school bus driver who stepped in and the neighbor who provided the security camera footage of this horrific crime. These collective efforts and diligence The diligent actions of the doctors and medical professionals at the university hospital saved my daughter’s life. No child, no human should have to endure this. We are heartbroken and deeply saddened by this incident, but we are grateful that our daughter is alive. , is focused on her care and recovery and relies on law enforcement professionals and the court system to bring justice. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy.”
Anyone with further information about this case is urged to contact Elizabeth Police Detective Thomas Cotzer (908-358-9675) or Detective Edward Benenati (908-328-6972).
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