A horrifying scene in Mullica Township Thursday night where an ongoing dispute between two neighbors left one person hospitalized, and the other behind bars.
Mark Englehardt, husband of the victim, said, "Backed out of the driveway, with my daughter not only maybe 10 feet away, backed into my wife and proceeded to drag her down the street. She laid there bleeding while he ran away like a coward."
32-year-old Julio Torres is in jail Thursday night, charged with aggravated assault by automobile, aggravated assault, and leaving the scene with an injured victim. Englehardt said, "I can't believe something like this can happen. This guy needs to be put away for a long time."
Julio Torres lived on East Adams Circle in Mullica Township with his girlfriend Becky. Becky's uncle, Ken Davis, who lives nearby, says the two families would argue quite frequently and that he suspected it could escalate into violence. "I don't know what happened here, I don't know whose fault it was, but they've been a problem ever since they moved in here, that's all I have to say."
After realizing the dispute was getting serious, the victim's husband, Mark Englehardt installed surveillance cameras to keep an eye on his family. He explained, "I figured, you know, the best way to do it is the legal way. Obviously I don't want any trouble. I had the surveillance camera, let them make the first mistake and they made a major mistake by hurting my wife."
After Kristy Englehardt was dragged by the Toyota pickup, her children ran inside to find their father.
Neighbors saw the accident and called police. Destiny Angel, a neighbor, explained, "The guy got arrested around the corner for, I guess he was running over that lady."
Police say that Torres called them to tell his side of the story from a house around the corner.
Now that the dispute has boiled over, both neighbors are left dealing with the aftermath. Mark Englehardt told NBC40, "I pray to god that she's okay. I'm on my way to the hospital now."
Police say the victim was run over be the truck's back tired after being dragged for a short distance. She is being treated at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center and although they did not know her exact condition, police say she was awake and alert.
Torres is being held at the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $100,000 bail.