LOS ANGELES, Calif. —- A Los Angeles area man is facing felony charges after trying to run his girlfriend over with his car after she turned down his marriage proposal.
22-year-old Mario Francisco Hernandez painted the words “Will you marry me?” on the back window of his 1987 Toyota Supra as a novel way to pop the question to his girlfriend.
He had also arranged to pick up a ring at a local jewelry store in the expectation that his proposal would be accepted.
When she turned him down, Hernandez chased her in the car through the Burger King parking lot according to the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Dept.
‘She had to jump out of the way in order to avoid being hit,’ said Sheriff’s Lieutenant Joe Chavez.
Hernandez didn’t get too far with two flat tires, police said they arrested him not far from the scene still clutching the bouquet of flowers he planned to hand his bride-to-be.
The couple had been together since she was 15 years old and had been living with her boyfriend’s parents.
She is now staying in a shelter for abused women and has taken out a restraining order against her boyfriend.
Police said Hernandez, who served in the US military, was not drunk at the time.
According to the police report, Hernandez and the woman have two young children together.
Hernandez who had no prior convictions was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and was being held at the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s station on a $30,000 bail.
Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Berg said: ‘He did not take the rejection well.’
At the time of this report, it remains unclear whether Hernandez had a lawyer or had been released from police custody.