Fugitive suspect who knocked out woman after head-on collision in Dominican Republic on New Year’s Day finally arrested after two weeks on the run
- Alexis Villalona was arrested Friday in Baní, Dominican Republic, for assaulting a woman who crashed her scooter into his car on New Year’s Day.
- Villalona was caught on video arguing with the woman after Santa Arias failed to apply the brakes on her moped and collided with his vehicle
- The pair argued as Villalona held a gun to her side and then punched Arias and knocked her to the ground
- A spokesman for the Dominican Republic’s National Police said Villalona was imprisoned at a local hotel after she evaded capture on Thursday by changing her home.
A fugitive businessman has been arrested for beating up a woman after a New Year’s Day head-on collision in the southern province of Peravia of the Dominican Republic.
Alexis Villalona, 47, was found Friday at a relative’s home in Baní, Peravia.
A spokesman for the Dominican National Police told Noticías SIN that Villalona was nearly arrested several times on Thursday, but each time managed to slip past the police by changing homes.
Villalona’s actions sparked outrage in the Caribbean country after a surveillance camera caught him violently attacking 35-year-old Santa Arias after she slammed her scooter into his SUV at an intersection on the morning of January 1.
Alexis Villalona attacks Santa Arias’ moped just after it crashes head-on into his SUV on New Year’s Day in Baní, Dominican Republic. Villalona was on the run for 12 days before being arrested at a relative’s home on Friday
Alexis Villalona was arrested Friday in Baní, Dominican Republic, nearly two weeks after he was caught on camera assaulting a woman who was riding a moped on New Year’s Day and accidentally collided head-on with his SUV.
Santa Arias was attacked by a motorist identified as Alexis Villalona in the Dominican Republic when her moped crashed into an SUV at an intersection. She was pushed to the ground and beaten by the Villalona before fleeing the scene
Villalona was about to turn left into a bend and immediately hit the brake when Arias slammed her moped into his vehicle.
He then got out of the SUV to inspect the damage and argued with Arias before pulling a gun from his pocket.
Villanova kicked the scooter three times, then pushed Arias to the ground when his female companion got in and pushed him away.
A witness filmed the moment Alexis Villalona grabbed Santa Arias by the hair as his female companion tried to stop him
A witness at the scene recorded Villalona pushing his companion aside as he tried to go after Arias again. He then grabbed Arias by the hair and pushed her back to the ground while other drivers watched.
Moments later, Villalona could be seen putting the gun down and slapping Arias, knocking her against the curb and telling the woman he was with to get back in the car before they drove off.
Footage from the arrest shows Villalona refusing orders from the police when they tried to handcuff him, and at one point said to the officer in charge of the operation, “I’m not a criminal.”
Alexis Villalona initially refused to be handcuffed and told police he was not a ‘criminal’ before they escorted him from a relative’s home where he was hiding on Friday
Villalona told a crowd of reporters in the district attorney’s building on Friday that he regretted attacking Arias. He insisted the road attack was caused by being under the influence of alcohol, adding that he was on the run because he was “afraid”.
“My apologies to the girl, to the authorities, it was a mistake, I am very sorry,” he said. “I lost control, I was under the influence of alcohol, I ask Santa Arias, the country and the authorities for forgiveness, I am so sorry.”
Still image from a surveillance camera shows Santa Arias on her scooter before crashing into an SUV
Santa Arias lies on the ground after being punched by Alexis Villalona in a New Year’s Eve traffic accident in the Dominican Republic
Former Vice President Margarita Cedeño criticized police on Thursday with a series of tweets questioning the department’s efforts to arrest Villalona while calling on him to turn himself in.
“They want us to forget about Alexis Villalona, the Baní aggressor. It is not possible that the police will not be able to find an identified criminal who has been on the run for two weeks,” Cedeño wrote. “This aggressor is making fun of the whole country, including women. Women who are victims of misogynistic violence should know that the police and the judiciary are doing their job.’
Villalona is due to appear in court on Saturday and be formally charged.
Peravia’s chief prosecutor, Ángel Tejada, said the prosecutor’s office will request that Villalona be kept in pre-trial detention for a year.