Suspect arrested on suspicion of running over man with car

Incident occurred near ArtWalk apartments

Posted 11/29/18

A victim with a restraining order against another man sustained “serious bodily injury” after that man allegedly ran him over with a Ford Bronco on Englewood Parkway Nov. 26, according to …

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Suspect arrested on suspicion of running over man with car

Incident occurred near ArtWalk apartments

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A victim with a restraining order against another man sustained “serious bodily injury” after that man allegedly ran him over with a Ford Bronco on Englewood Parkway Nov. 26, according to Englewood police.

Erik Abrams, 35, had a restraining order from Aaron Lawson, also 35, that was served earlier that day around 1:50 p.m. An hour later, Abrams was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, according to an arrest affidavit.

How the incident unfolded, according to the affidavit:

At about 2:40 p.m., officers responded to area of 801 Englewood Parkway, where ground-level businesses sit beneath apartments. A large crowd had gathered in front of the building around Lawson, with the SUV lying on its side nearby on the sidewalk.

“I did not mean to do it — I did not mean to hurt him,” Abrams said repeatedly to an officer on scene.

Abrams was parked in front of the location, sitting in the driver's seat with two others, and Lawson came up to the open driver's side door and kicked it closed, Abrams said, according to the affidavit. Lawson was yelling and trying to provoke a fight, he said. Abrams tried to back the car out to leave, but Lawson moved behind the car to prevent him leaving, Abrams said. He tried to drive forward and jump the curb to get out, but he didn't see Lawson in front of the car, and the stick-shift car's clutch got stuck, sending the car forward, he said. The car hit Lawson, hopped the curb and pushed him onto a concrete planter. Lawson was transported to the nearby Swedish Medical Center with numerous bone fractures.

Three men who work on the top office of 800 Englewood Parkway said they witnessed the whole incident, the affidavit says. They heard yelling outside and saw Lawson yelling at someone inside the car. Two of the men said they saw Lawson come up and kick the driver's side door while continuing to yell. All three said Lawson was never behind the vehicle but was in front of it on the sidewalk. They saw the car drive over the curb and hit Lawson, they said.

Another witness who works at 801 Englewood Parkway said she saw a car begin to back up and saw Lawson move around it to avoid behind hit. Lawson got on the sidewalk and hit him as he again tried to get out of the way, she said.

Abrams was being held at the Arapahoe County Jail with bond set at $250,000.

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