Student charged with attempted homicide after Southern Adventist party

Student charged with attempted homicide after Southern Adventist party

October 6th, 2011 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Josue Sanchez

A student at Southern Adventist University faces charges, including attempted criminal homicide, after being accused of trying to run over several people leaving an on-campus party, Collegedale police said.

Josue Sanchez, 21, is charged with one count of attempted criminal homicide, four counts of aggravated assault and single counts of felony reckless endangerment, felony vandalism and leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, police said. He is due in court on Nov. 9.

The incident stemmed from ongoing harassment and threats between two men and a woman, police said.

Sanchez left a party on Southern Adventist's campus in Collegedale early in the morning on Oct. 1, police said. Another set of partygoers had parked near Sanchez and were returning to their car at the same time.

Sanchez and witnesses told police that he drove past the victims' parked car, made an abrupt U-turn in the middle of University Drive and accelerated.

Several people were standing by the car and were able to jump away before Sanchez struck the car on the driver's side. The driver's door struck one victim in the head, but it was minor, police said.

It is unclear whether Sanchez or the victims are students at Southern Adventist.