Man is said to have driven into a crowd and then fled

CARLSBAD, Calif. — A Washington man was arrested on suspicion of hitting several people with his vehicle in a North County parking lot early Sunday and then fleeing the area.

John Jason Martinez-Gutierrez, 19, was arrested Tuesday at a motel in Escondido, Carlsbad Police Sgt. Jim Willis said in a news release. Investigators suspect he got into a fight at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive near a local mall and then drove into two separate pedestrian groups.

It’s not clear how many people Martinez-Gutierrez met, Willis said. Four were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Martinez-Gutierrez, of Spokane, Wash., was checked into the Vista Detention Center just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, prison records show, and he is not currently eligible for bail. He faces five felonies, including one count of attempted murder and four counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Willis said police will continue to investigate the incident to learn what led to the initial argument.

All witnesses and those wishing to share information with investigators were asked to call Willis at 442-339-5679.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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