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Hit-and-run escalates in Va.

Josh White

Leaving the scene of a car accident is a crime, but sometimes what the victims of a hit-and-run do in the aftermath can far overshadow the initial crash.

Prince William County police said a late-night accident in Woodbridge on Friday spurred the victims of a hit-and-run to chase down the other driver, confront him outside his home, beat him, and then abduct him in an unusual case of road rage.

Officer Jonathan Perok, a police spokesman, said a 25-year-old Woodbridge man allegedly crashed his car into a parked vehicle in the 1300 block of Alison Street at about 10:40 p.m. and left the scene. Perok said the owners of the parked vehicle saw the crash and immediately took off after the driver, following him around the corner to his home in the 1500 block of Hylton.

Once there, the two sides argued, police said. Jose Ramiro Sierra, 30, of Alison Street, and Raul Enrique Villela Baeza, 26, of Greenbelt, allegedly demanded that the driver pay cash for the damages he inflicted on their vehicle. When the man said he couldn't pay for it, Sierra and Baeza allegedly beat him and then shoved him into a white van. Police said there were witnesses to the attack.

Police said Sierra and Baeza returned the man to Alison Street -- the scene of the initial crash -- and the scuffle continued in front of even more witnesses. The man escaped and made his way back to his home on Hylton Street.

That's where police found him -- while they were investigating the initial report of the hit-and-run. Perok said officers looking for a suspect in the crash actually found the man they were looking for, but were surprised to see him badly beaten.

Police arrested Sierra and Baeza and charged them with abduction and assault and battery. They are considering charges against the beating victim in connection with the earlier hit-and-run, Perok said.

-- Josh White

By Josh White  |  June 28, 2010; 3:52 PM ET
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Comments

"they are CONSIDERING charges for the hit and run" but they will charge the men who did their job for them. This is such an easy case for the clueless police.I , and anybody else would try to strike t the man who just hit your car and would not pay.What sort of people are they???
Check the names and it will give you an idea.
Toooo many mexicans allowed to drive when they can't pay for any damage they incur.States let them drive...WHY , because they are too gutless to say NO

Posted by: captgrumpy | June 28, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

THROW THEM BACK DOWN THE EL SALVADORIAN TOILET..

Posted by: genbarlow | June 28, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

THROW THEM BACK DOWN THE EL SALVADORIAN TOILET..

Posted by: genbarlow | June 28, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The police should charge the victim for the initial hit and run. But kidnapping and assault are also crimes. The men had no right to beat the guy or abduct him but they did, so the police are right to charge them.

Posted by: ctree | June 28, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

CaptGrumpy - Read the article again. The driver in the hit & run, who was also the victim of the assault & kidnapping, was not named. And just what makes you think these thugs are Mexicans? For all any one knows, they might be US-born American citizens. And you're the kind of guy that would pummel someone who said they didn't have the money to pay for damages? Yeah, you're the kind of man I'd want to come across late at night. It might be possible that the victim was going to call police to report the accident after he got home. Perhaps he thought it unsafe to stop & get out of his car at that location late at night. The damaged car was parked & other people were around. What would you advise your son or daughter to do if they felt unsafe? And insurance will take care of the damage. You don't extort cash from someone who accidentally hits your car, with your fist.

Posted by: PorthosAD | June 28, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Porthosad that area is overrun with illegals, chances are they were and the victim was probably as well. Jail them all and then deport them for being dumb criminal illegal aliens.

Posted by: zcxnissan | June 29, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

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