NORTH PORT, Fla.- North Port Police arrested 19-year-old Edsel Johnson on attempted murder charges Monday, after he allegedly ran over a bicyclist intentionally with his car.
The victim said he was riding his bike on McKibben Dr. around 6:00 p.m., when Johnson drove a blue Lincoln in his direction. The victim said he recognized the driver as "Nick" and was also able to identify the passenger by his proper name.
The victim told police he heard the vehicle accerlerate before it struck him, launching him onto the hood and pinning his bike underneath the vehicle. He said the car drove 20 more feet before stopping, at which time the victim jumped off the vehicle and fled on foot. He claimed to be in fear for his life.
He told the officers he saw both of the occupants of the vehicle clearly through the windshield while he was on the hood, and could identify them. The victim described the driver as a male in his early 20s, 6'2, and approximately 300 lbs. with a shaved head. He directed officers to 5282 Cambay St., where Johnson lives.
Soon after, police found Johnson just as described by the victim, with a blue Lincoln in his driveway.
After speaking with him at his home, Johnson showed up at the Police Department at 11:00 p.m. Upon interviewing him, officers found probably cause to arrest him.