Fugitive suspect who knocked out a woman after a head-on collision in the Dominican Republic on New Year’s Day is 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 press the breaks on her moped and collided with his vehicle
- The pair argued while Villalona held a gun by his side and then smacked Arias, knocking her to the ground
- A spokesman with the Dominican Republic National Police said that Villalona was captured at a local hotel after evading capture Thursday by changing homes
A fugitive businessman has been arrested for the beating of a woman following a New Year’s Day head-on collision in the southern Dominican Republic province of Peravia.
Alexis Villalona, 47, was found hiding at a family member’s home in Baní, Peravia, on Friday.
A spokesman for the Dominican National Police told Noticías SIN that Villalona was almost arrested on several occasions on Thursday, but each time managed to slip past the police by changing homes.
Villalona’s actions sparked outrage across the Caribbean nation after a surveillance camera captured him violently attacking Santa Arias, 35, after she crashed her scooter into his SUV at an intersection the morning of January 1.
Alexis Villalona attacks Santa Arias’ moped moments after she crashed head-on into his SUV on New Year’s in Baní, Dominican Republic. Villalona spent 12 days on the run before he was arrested at a family member’s home on Friday
Alexis Villalona was arrested Friday in Baní, Dominican Republic, almost two weeks after he was caught on camera assaulting a woman who was rising on moped on New Year’s Day and accidentally crashed head-on into his SUV
Santa Arias was attacked by a motorist identified as Alexis Villalona in the Dominican Republic was she crashed her moped into a SUV at an intersection. She was pushed to the ground and slapped by the Villalona before he fled the scene
Villalona was about to make a left at a corner and immediately pressed the breaks as Arias slammed her moped into his vehicle.
He subsequently stepped out of the SUV to inspect the damages and argued with Arias before he pulled out a gun from his pocket.
Villanova proceeded to kick the scooter three times and then shoved Arias to the ground as his female companion stepped in and pushed him away.
A witness recorded the moment Alexis Villalona grabbed Santa Arias by her hair while his female companion attempted to stop him
A witness at the scene recorded Villalona continuing to push his companion to the side as he tried to go after Arias again. He then grabbed Arias by the hair and shoved her back to ground as other motorists looked on.
Moments later, Villalona could be seen putting the gun away and smacking Arias, knocking her to the pavement and instructing the woman he was with to get back in the vehicle before they drove off.
Footage of the arrest showed Villalona refusing orders from the police when they attempted to handcuff him, at one point telling the agent in charge of the operation, ‘I am not a thug.’
Alexis Villalona initially refused to be handcuffed, telling the police that he was not a ‘thug’ before the escorted him from a family member’s home where he had been hiding Friday
Villalona told a throng of reporters at the district attorney’s building on Friday that he regretted attacking Arias. He insisted the road rage attack was caused by being under the influence of alcohol and added that he was on the run because he ‘was scared.’
‘I apologize to the girl, to the authorities, it was a mistake, I am very sorry,’ he said. ‘I lost control, I was under the effects of alcohol, I ask Santa Arias, the country and authorities for forgiveness, I am so sorry.’
Still image of a surveillance camera shows Santa Arias on her scooter before crashing into a SUV
Santa Arias lies on the ground after she was slapped by Alexis Villalona during a New Year’s Eve road rage incident in the Dominican Republic
Former Vice President Margarita Cedeño blasted the police with a series of tweets on Thursday that questioned the department’s efforts in apprehending Villalona while calling on him to turn himself in.
‘They want us to forget about Alexis Villalona, the Baní aggressor. It’s not possible that the police is not capable of finding a thug who has been identified, who has two weeks on the run,’ Cedeño wrote. ‘This aggressor is laughing at the entire country, including women. Women who are victims of misogynist violence need to know that the police and the justice system do their job.’
Villalona is due to appear before a judge Saturday and be formally charged.
Peravia lead prosecutor Ángel Tejada said the district attorney general’s office will submit a request to hold Villalona in pre-trial detention for one year.