Man, Apparently Angry His Advances were Rebuffed by Group of Women, Runs Down Pair Walking Nearby

SORRENTO, Florida—A man is being held in the Lake County Jail on $115,000 bond after intentionally running two people over earlier this month, according to an arrest affidavit.

Bryan Alexis Juarez, 34, of Sorrento is accused of hitting the man and woman as they walked near State Road 46 and Church Street shortly before 3:30 a.m. Nov. 13 and sending the woman to the hospital.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 13, Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of Oasis Saloon, 23800 State Road 46, Sorrento on a report of a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian and a white SUV. While responding to that incident, another call came in from a woman reporting her boyfriend, Juarez, had taken her white Jeep Cherokee without permission.

The male victim told a Lake County Sheriff’s Office detective, Juarez followed and approached a group of females walking down the road after leaving a party and tried to convince several of them to ride with him and have sexual relations, the affidavit states.

The females rejected Juarez and he got angry and sped off towards the male and female who were near the corner of State Road 46 and Church Street, the male victim told a detective. Juarez swerved and hit the pair, injuring the woman seriously enough she had to be transported to HCA Florida Lake Monroe Hospital, formerly known as Central Florida Regional Hospital, in Sanford. The male victim jumped on the hood of the Cherokee to avoid injury, the affidavit states. He told LCSO believed the act was intentional.

While on the scene of the crash, Juarez’ girlfriend called LCSO back and informed them her boyfriend had returned home with her Cherokee. Deputies and a Florida Highway Patrol trooper responded to the home and took Juarez into custody. He was arrested for two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, driving while license suspended and causing serious bodily injury, and failure to remain at a crash involving serious bodily injury.

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