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Local man jailed on vehicular assault charges

July 9, 2012

Two people remain hospitalized after a Big Spring man allegedly assaulted them with his motor vehicle early Sunday morning.

Edward Aguilar, 33, is in custody at Howard County Detention Center this morning after being arrested on multiple aggravated assault charges, according to information released by Big Spring Police Department Sgt. Tony Everett.

Everett said the alleged assault arose from a domestic disturbance in the 2600 block of Albrook.

“Upon arrival (at the scene), officers learned that several subjects had been struck intentionally by a vehicle,” Everett said. “It was learned there was a family get-together and a domestic disturbance began between a husband and wife. The situation became violent and the man assaulted his wife.”

Reports state that family members intervened to stop the assault, but the husband, identified as Aguilar, got into his vehicle, a 2008 Chevrolet Suburban, and then intentionally struck several people, including his wife, before driving off, Everett said.

Four people were struck by the vehicle. One person refused treatment and declined to press charges; the other victims were identified as Joe Torres, 48, David Garza, 48, and Patricia Aguilar, 35.

Torres was flown to a Lubbock area hospital and remains hospitalized in serious condition. Aguilar was admitted to Scenic Mountain Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, while Garza was treated and released from SMMC.

Aguilar was arrested at a relative's home shortly after the incident, and was awaiting arraignment this morning.

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