PD: Mesa home hit-and-run suspect arrested - Fox 2 News Headlines

PD: Mesa home hit-and-run suspect arrested

Omar B. Hernandez Omar B. Hernandez
MESA, Ariz. -

Police arrested a man who allegedly slammed into a couple's garage and fled early Sunday morning after receiving an anonymous tip.

When they finally saw it, Steve and Sylvia Kennedy could barely wrap their heads around the destruction that was once their garage.

"Disbelief, just stunned. You know, you get the adrenaline rush first and then you come out and you just look at it," said Sylvia Kennedy.

"There was this big kaboom. My first thought was somebody's going to be hurt. I grabbed my phone and called 911," said Steve Kennedy.

The Kennedy's say they were woken around 2:15 a.m.

They not only heard the crash, but felt the impact.

Once outside, they realized someone had driven right into their house, and according to neighbors, took off. They took out part of the fence along the way.

"She said that a red work truck, like a 4-door work truck with tool boxes on the side had come in. She saw it drive away," said Sylvia Kennedy.

The homeowners believe the vehicle was heading east on 8th Avenue and that it hit a neighbor's truck parked across the street Saturday night.

The couple believes it prevented the vehicle from slamming into their living room.

"He clipped it and I think it probably just redirected him a little bit, just enough so he didn't go into take out the house," said Steve Kennedy.

"Nobody got hurt and we hope that he didn't hit anybody else," said Steve Kennedy.

According to officers, they got an anonymous call around 5 p.m. Sunday saying a vehicle matching the suspect's was parked Stapley Drive and 7th Avenue.

After finding the truck's owner, 40-year-old Omar B. Hernandez, police say he admitted to driving into the home and taking off.

He was booked and faces charges of criminal damage and leaving the scene of a non-injury accident.

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