HEMET (CBSLA.com) — Hemet police on Thursday announced the arrest of two road-rage suspects they said ran the victim over in his own vehicle.
Police responded to the 1400 block of S. Gilbert Street on July 31 just before 7 a.m. and said they found the victim lying in the street unable to move.
Authorities said a concerned citizen captured the confrontation on a cellphone.
Police said the fight between the unidentified 53-year-old victim and two male adults culminated with one of the suspects jumping into the victim’s car and intentionally driving into him at high speed.
The victim flew through the air after being hit. He reportedly suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
Authorities say the incident began with an argument and escalated when the victim bashed in the window of the suspect’s pickup.
Over the next several days, the video and images from it were released to both social media and the news media in an attempt to identify the two suspects.
Police on Thursday said as a result of the media effort, investigators received multiple tips about the suspects’ identities.
On Tuesday evening, just after 8:40, investigators arrested a 17-year-old male in connection with the incident. The juvenile was detained during a traffic stop in the 100 block of North Buena Vista Street.
The juvenile is one of two suspects positively identified. After initial processing at the Hemet Police Department, the juvenile suspect was transported to Riverside County Juvenile Hall.
Investigators identified the second suspect as Michael “James” Williams, 18, of Hemet. Over the next few days, investigators continued to investigate the case while also attempting to locate Williams.
About 7 p.m. Thursday, Williams gave himself up at the Hemet Police Department. Williams was arrested for attempted homicide and conspiracy.
Williams was later taken to the Riverside County Jail with a bail amount of $1 million.