CRIME
09/24/2013 04:07 pm ET

Adrian Mendez Runs Girl Over Multiple Times Because She Refused Sex: Cops

Marion County

Police say a Florida man strangled and ran her over a 14-year-old with an SUV when she refused to have sex with him.

Adrian Mendez, 21, was arrested Monday in his home in Marion County, the Ocala Post reports. The girl was found lying on the side of the road Sunday evening with neck injuries and crushed legs and hips.

Her injuries were life-threatening, Click Orlando reported, but she is now in stable condition.

She told police that around 7 p.m., Mendez offered her $200 to have sex with him. When she refused, she says he pulled her by the hair into his SUV and choked her until she passed out.

Witnesses reported seeing an SUV drive forward and back over the girl multiple times, according to WESH.

"I keep seeing it in my head," witness Shane Green told Click Orlando. "How do you do that to a little girl? . . . I started screaming at him He backed up, he literally backed up and hit her again and he went to take off because he heard us screaming at him. He hit his brakes and was spinning his tires on top of that little girl."

The victim, who did not know Mendez, later picked him out of a photo line-up.

Mendez was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.

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