Virginia Beach Police investigating two hit-and-run crashes believed to be related

Posted at 9:53 AM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 17:54:43-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Virginia Beach Police have arrested a man for his alleged connection to two hit and run crashes.

Scene of first hit and run

Moncler Paris Armonti of Virginia Beach was arrested Friday afternoon. He has been charged with Felonious Assault and Hit and Run and is being held in the Virginia Beach City Jail without bond.

At approximately 8:51 a.m. Friday morning, police dispatchers received a report of a pedestrian accident at Art Walker Auto Service at 2636 Dean Drive. According to police, a car was stolen from the auto shop. The owner of the shop says his employees tried to stop the driver from getting away. Instead the man kept driving and struck one of the employees twice, the one employee was dragged by the car several feet. Police say the employee who was hit twice has serious injuries. Another employee has minor injuries. The driver did not stop despite hitting the two workers.

"He couldn't get out of the way but he was just trying to get him to stop," explained Art Walker, owner of the auto shop. "He got out there to try and stop him to protect my stuff."

A short time later, dispatchers received a report of a vehicle crash in the 3500 block of Hilber Street. Police believe the driver involved in that crash was the driver of the stolen car. They say he crashed into a storm drain and then stopped diagonally in the road. After the accident the driver left the car and fled on foot. Police believe the driver was picked up by someone.