A Melrose Park man has been charged with running down two men outside of a nightclub last weekend, leaving two men critically injured after they laughed at a woman he was with, police said.
Alejandro Escobar, 37, was arrested Friday at his home in the 1800 block of North 19 th Avenue in the west suburb and charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to a release from Chicago Police Department News Affairs. He was ordered held on $800,000 bond in court today.
Both victims were critically injured, according to the release. News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said one victim already had been released from Northwestern Memorial Hospital by Friday. The second man remaining at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is listed in serious condition, according to prosecutors.
The driver of the 2009 red Honda Accord crashed into the men, 28 and 23, outside a club in the 100 block of West Ontario Street where a fight broke out at 4:49 a.m. Sunday, Sullivan said.
"A fight broke out at the club and the guy got into a car and ran two people over," Sullivan said.
According to a preliminary police report, the driver was angry at the two men for "laughing" at his female companion and accelerated, striking and running over both men with the Honda outside the club. Prosecutors could not say what the relationship was between the woman and driver.
Witnesses pulled one of the men out from under the car, but the motorist then "backed up" and ran over the other man three to four times while the bystanders tried to open the car door and screamed at the man to stop, the report said.
The car fled east – the wrong way – on Ontario Street with a female passenger, while the parking lot was left stained with blood, the report said.
The motorist had a shaved head and was between the ages of 35 and 38, and authorities reviewed surveillance outside the club to see if it captured footage of the incident, according to the report.
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