PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- It was a close call in Phoenix when a red-light runner blasted through an intersection, narrowly missing a couple pushing a stroller.

[WATCH: "It's nothing short of a miracle ...."]

The Phoenix Police Department tweeted out the hair-raising video of the near miss, which happened on Oct. 14.

The couple with the stroller had just entered the crosswalk at the intersection of 53rd Avenue and Indian School Road, on a green light, when a red-light runner came careening right directly toward them.

Thankfully, a Chevy Cruz entered the intersection at the same time and blocked the impact, and the couple and stroller were not hit.

Police say the red-light runner has been identified as 23-year-old Ernesto Otanez Oveso.

[WATCH VIDEO: Red light runner narrowly misses couple with stroller]

Phoenix police say Oveso and his female passenger took off running after the crash.

A witness actually followed Oveso, trying to keep him in sight. Oveso noticed the car and told the 25-year-old man to stop following him. Police say he then pulled a knife and jabbed at the driver through his window. As the witness pulled away, police say Oveso stabbed one of the doors on the car, "making a hole in the door."

Officers later say they spotted him "stuffing the knife in his right front pocket."

Police say they also found a gun in his Jeep. 

He faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of weapon by a prohibited person.

[WATCH VIDEO: Red light runner narrowly misses couple with stroller]

The woman with Oveso at the time of the crash was not located.

The driver of that Chevy Cruz was a 27-year-old woman. While she did suffer injuries, they were not life-threatening.

"In this case, when you look at the video, it's nothing short of a miracle that the family the renegade was barreling towards didn't get struck. They could have suffered injuries that were certainly serious if not life threatening," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson with Phoenix Police.

 


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