Florida Couple Arrested After Running Over Victim With Their Car

Florida man Jose Padilla Torres, 44, of Winter Haven and Florida Woman Aracelis Hernandez-Santiago, 44, of Winter Haven ended up in the Polk County Jail after an altercation at a Winter Haven Gas Station. And it was all caught on camera.

The Winter Haven Police Department stated that at approximately 7:55 a.m. two vehicles were filling up on opposite sides of the gas pump at the Chevron located at 2100 First Street North in Winter Haven. Torres was inside the convenience store and Santiago was sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle

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Torres exited the store and for unknown reasons began yelling at the male on the opposite side of the pumps. The male then came over to find out what the problem was. At this time, Torres reached into his vehicle and pulled out an aluminum baseball bat from the back seat and attempted to strike the man with it. The man was able to block the strikes and took Torres to the ground.

Then it was Santiago’s turn. She got out of the vehicle, picked up the bat and started swinging. The man’s girlfriend then got out of their car and stopped Santiago from striking her friend with the bat.

Santiago and Torres went back into their car, and Torres backed up and then sped up striking the man. Torres tried to run over the man two more times without luck before striking the right side of the man’s car before fleeing the gas station.

Another verbal altercation occurred when both cars ended up at the same intersection after leaving the gas station deputies said.

Winter Haven Police Officers caught up with the pair and charged Torres with 2 counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief, while Santiago was charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. They were transported to the Polk County jail and Torres was released on $21,000 bond, and Santiago $5,000 bond.


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