Man Hits Two People With Car Following Argument

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Chavez-Diaz

Following an argument, a Phoenix man was arrested after hitting two Payson residents with his car outside their home Sunday.

Twenty-year-old Jonathan A. Chavez-Diaz was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of trespassing following the incident which occurred Sunday, Nov. 13.

He was booked into the Gila County Jail in Payson, and later released after posting a $2,500 bond.

Payson Police Commander Don Engler said Chavez-Diaz went to a residence in the 300 block of Mud Springs Road where his child was living.

"There was an argument and Chavez-Diaz left the house, got in his vehicle and drove recklessly in the front parking lot," Engler said.

According to police reports, two people came out of the house and Chavez-Diaz slid his car into them, striking the two and injuring both.

Engler said both victims had minor injuries and refused to seek medical treatment.

The victims, Jose Luis Vega, 24, and Gladys Leva, 18, were charged with criminal damage for throwing rocks at the vehicle driven by Chavez-Diaz.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Chavez-Diaz at 9 a.m. Dec. 1, in Gila County Justice Court in Payson.

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