Two men were arrested after allegedly intentionally running over two people after an assault with a belt on two unrelated women in a West Hollywood parking lot, authorities said Thursday.
A female victim who was run over was hospitalized in critical condition, while a man was treated and released, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A detective on scene said the incident began when two women laughed at a man who was vomiting outside a nightclub near near North Robertson Boulevard and Melrose Avenue (map) about 2 a.m.
In response, the man began striking the women with his belt, the detectives said.
In a news release, that suspect was identified as 23-year-old Joseph Osuna of Bakersfield. He allegedly hit the woman “for unknown reasons,” the release stated, then got into a vehicle driven by 29-year-old Hector Hernandez of Whittier.
As Hernandez and Osuna fled the scene, they “intentionally” ran over another man and woman, witnesses told Sheriff’s Department investigators.
The two suspects were taken into custody by responding deputies about 2 miles away, at Santa Monica Boulevard and Genesee Avenue.
Hernandez was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence. He was being held in lieu of $40,000 bail.
Osuna was held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon; he was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.
The two women assaulted with the belt sustained non-life threatening injuries. One was treated at the scene and the other was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Authorities on scene had initially said only one assailant was involved, saying the suspect who wielded the belt also drove the vehicle.