Police: Victim Attacked With Car, Bat, And Knife Before Jumping In Air To Escape Harm

Felton- Delaware State Police arrested 28-year-old Hector M. Amaro Cruz of Felton on felony criminal charges following an incident Sunday evening, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Heather Pepper.

Pepper said on September 27, 2020, at 6:13 p.m., Delaware State Police responded to Sandlewood Court, Felton, for a reckless endangering incident. The investigation revealed that Cruz was driving a 1997 Toyota Corolla on Sandlewood Court while a 28-year-old male acquaintance and 6-year-old male were riding their bicycles on the road.

As Cruz approached the individuals, he began driving straight toward them and accelerated in an attempt to strike them, according to Pepper. Cruz was unsuccessful in hitting the victims, at which time he exited the vehicle with a bat and attempted to strike the 28-year-old.

A struggle ensued, and the victim was able to gain control of the bat, at which time, Cruz produced a kitchen knife and attempted to stab the victim. The victim was uninjured, but Cruz tried to strike the victims two more times with his vehicle as they fled the area, said Pepper. On the final attempt, the 28-year-old male jumped in the air and walked across the vehicle as it passed by. He was not injured.

Cruz was taken into custody and transported to Troop 3, where he was charged with the following crimes:

Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (felony)
Reckless Endangering 1st Degree (2 counts- felony)
Cruz was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #7 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $20,500.00 bond.

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