Courier staff writer
MONTE VISTA — A quick-thinking woman thwarted her alleged assailant Monday night when she accelerated her vehicle and dragged the individual several feet around a supermarket parking lot.
According to Monte Vista Police Officer Ivan Garcia, the woman was just entering her car at the Monte Vista Safeway lot when suspect Ashley Trujillo approached her and reportedly asked to use her cell phone.
When the woman reached for the device, Trujillo allegedly struck her in the face with a glass container, and then attempted to grab her purse.
At that point, the woman stepped on the gas, and once her car began to move, it reportedly dragged Trujillo for several feet.
Witnesses reported that Trujillo then left the scene behind the wheel of a red sport utility vehicle; their description of the vehicle also included a partial license plate number.
Moments later, a Rio Grande County Sheriff’s deputy pulled the car over on Lariat Road and took the 27-year-old Monte Vista resident into custody without incident. Trujillo was subsequently booked into the Rio Grande County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery and second-degree assault.
Both Trujillo and the victim were treated for non-life threatening injuries.