PD: Pedestrian hit by man targeting ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- A man who police say was targeting his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, tried to run down that new boyfriend in a park on Sunday.

According to police, Jose Alvarez-Ramirez, 35, of Prescott Valley was driving a Hyundai passenger car when he hit a pedestrian at Mountain Valley Park.

Officers learned that two adult male Prescott Valley residents were walking in the park when one of them observed a vehicle driving at them. 

He tried to move and warned his friend, who was not able to get out of the way of the vehicle. 

The second man was struck by the vehicle. He sustained a head injury and was transported to the Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus for treatment. 

His injuries were believed to be non-life threatening. 

Initial witness accounts indicate the vehicle was traveling at approximately 15-20 mph at the time of the collision.

Witnesses identified the driver of the vehicle as Alvarez-Ramirez of Prescott Valley.

Ramirez had been allegedly targeting one of the two men in the park, who is the current boyfriend of Alvarez-Ramirez's ex-girlfriend. 

The report indicates that Alvarez-Ramirez has been harassing the intended victim and allegedly threatened to kill him the day before. 

The victim who was struck is not believed to be the intended victim.

On July 17 officers located Alvarez-Ramirez at a residence. The vehicle believed to have been used in the incident was located at that residence and processed for evidence.

Alvarez-Ramirez was interviewed and denied any involvement in the incident.

Given all the information collected, Alvarez-Ramirez was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail for one count of aggravated assault and one count of failing to stop at the scene of an injury accident.