Charges filed against man who ran over girlfriend

Friday, June 09, 2017

A Minneapolis man was charged with assault and leaving the scene of an accident after he ran over his girlfriend, severely injuring her, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Jeffrey Cruz, 50, was charged with first-degree assault, criminal vehicular operation-gross negligence and criminal vehicular operation-leaving the scene of the accident. Police still are seeking Cruz and have asked for the public’s help in locating him.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to an address on 23rd Avenue South three times Tuesday. The first call was at 9:50 a.m. and the 49-year-old woman told police she didn’t want Cruz to drive drunk. He said he only had a couple of beers and she was trying to get him in trouble. The officers told him to leave, but not drive.

About 20 minutes later, police were called back to the address because the couple was arguing in the alley behind the home. Police told them to stay away from each other and Cruz said he was going to walk to another place, the complaint states.

However, at 10:42 a.m., police were called back by witnesses who had just videotaped Cruz run over the woman with a van. She was rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed with brain bleeds, fractured left ribs, collapsed left lung, broken jaw and fractures to her spine and sternum, according to the complaint.

Witnesses and the video indicate that the woman stood with her back to the van and Cruz kept inching the vehicle forward as she kept giving ground. Eventually, she turned around and put her hands on the van’s hood. Suddenly, Cruz accelerated, knocking the woman to the ground, running her over and then continuing on without stopping.

Criminal Complaint (PDF)