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Man Tries to Run Down Ex-Girlfriend with SUV, Hits Her Friend: Prosecutors

By  Erica Demarest and Mauricio Peña | February 25, 2015 9:28am | Updated on February 25, 2015 5:03pm

 Aldo Morua, 41, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Aldo Morua, 41, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Dunning man was held on $500,000 bail Wednesday after prosecutors said he purposefully ran down a man with his SUV — and dragged the victim 20 yards.

Aldo Morua, 41, had gotten into a fight with the 53-year-old victim Sunday night when Morua spotted the man with Morua's ex-girlfriend inside a Belmont Cragin bar, prosecutors said.

Morua punched his ex-girlfriend and her "male companion" before getting into his SUV and trying to run them both down about 7:30 p.m., Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said in court Wednesday.

Morua has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

The 53-year-old victim remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon with a collapsed lung, massive internal bleeding and bleeding in his brain, Scaduto said.

The attack began as a verbal argument Sunday night inside a bar in the 5000 block of West Diversey Avenue — and quickly escalated, prosecutors said.

Outside the bar, Morua approached his ex-girlfriend and the man, and punched them both repeatedly, Scaduto said.

Morua then hopped into his 2002 Ford Escape and ran over the man, dragging him 20 yards before turning around and trying to strike the woman as well, police and prosecutors said.

The 47-year-old woman was able to jump out of the way as Morua drove onto the sidewalk, Scaduto said.

The woman told police that Morua had called and threatened her earlier that day, according to prosecutors. When the woman finally left the bar that night, three of her tires were slashed, Scaduto said.

Morua was arrested Monday night at his home in the 3000 block of North Oketo Avenue, according to a police report.

Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan on Wednesday ordered Morua held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Morua's public defender said his client is a father of three.

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