Police: Suspect ran over pedestrian after argument, fight

Police said Mejia-Juarez first tried to back over the victim, who was able to avoid the vehicle. Then, Mejia-Juarez accelerated forward and struck the victim, causing the serious injuries.

KENNER - A Metairie man has been arrested and booked after police say he intentionally ran over a man with his car following an altercation early Monday morning outside of a bar on Williams Blvd. in Kenner.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. outside of the El Noa Noa restaurant and bar in the 3600 block of Wiliams Blvd. 

The victim is listed as stable at University Hospital with a broken leg, broken ribs and lacerations to his face and head. 

According to police, Jose Mejia-Juarez, was arguing with the 46-year-old victim when he pushed the man to the ground and punched him several times with his fist. Police said the victim further angered Mejia-Juarez when he tried to take a photo of his license plate.

Police said Mejia-Juarez first tried to back over the victim, who was able to avoid the vehicle. Then, Mejia-Juarez accelerated forward and struck the victim, causing the serious injuries. 

Mejia-Juarez was arrested when he returned to the scene and admitted to police that he struck the victim.

Police said Mejia-Juarez remains in custody and the question of his immigration status is uncertain. He is from Honduras.

Kenner Police Chief Michael Glasser asked anyone with information on the incident to call Officer Ismael Cornejo at 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at 822-1111. 

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