ELIZABETH, NJ - An Essex County man has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes for seriously injuring a woman by repeatedly striking her with a vehicle over the weekend in Elizabeth, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.
Robenson Louis, 32, of Orange, is charged with second-degree aggravated assault, second-degree assault by auto while driving while intoxicated, third-degree knowingly leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, and two related weapons charges.
At approximately 3:40 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, Elizabeth Officers responded to a report of a vehicle striking multiple pedestrians and driving erratically arrived at the area of 7th and Franklin streets. Upon arrival, officers found an adult female who had sustained multiple severe leg injuries that first responders initially assessed as life-threatening, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Alaina Caliendo.
An investigation revealed that following an argument with a boyfriend of the victim’s relative, Louis entered his Range Rover SUV, jumped over a curb onto the sidewalk, and repeatedly struck the victim with the vehicle before driving away, Caliendo said.
Authorities said Robenson was arrested moments later nearby, in the area of Elizabeth Avenue and U.S. Routes 1&9. He was lodged in Union County Jail pending a detention hearing scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 14.
Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.