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August 22, 2012

Two arrested after hit and run incident

WEATHERFORD —  

 

A man and woman have been charged with lying to law enforcement after a man was reported struck by a pickup earlier this month. 

Steven James Molandes, 21, who later reportedly admitted to driving, and Journi Nikole Proctor, 19, a passenger in the vehicle, were both arrested Friday on warrants for giving a false report to police officers, a misdemeanor charge. 

The man reportedly struck, Anthony Edward Skinner, 26, was also arrested Friday on a warrant for assault causing bodily injury after, the sheriff’s office investigator alleges, he attacked another man during a party. 

According to the probable cause affidavit, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2400 block of Hawkins Lily Road on Aug. 2 to a report of a hit-and-run. 

Witnesses told deputies that Skinner had been struck by a vehicle as it was leaving the residence. 

During a party at the residence, Skinner reportedly became angry with another man and attacked the man, striking him on the face and upper torso and wrestling him to the ground. 

However, the man escaped Skinner and fled from the area on foot, according to the probable cause affidavit. 

At the same time, Molandes was attacked by several partygoers, as well, according to the affidavit. 

Molandes, Proctor and another man reportedly got into Molandes’ pickup and attempted to leave. However, they took a wrong turn and had to turn around and pass the house again, according to the affidavit. 

Skinner was still standing in the middle of the roadway, enraged and waving his arms, witnesses reportedly told police. 

The vehicle struck Skinner, knocking him to the ground, and occupants later told deputies that the driver’s side mirror and rear side window were broken during the incident, the investigator wrote. 

The three in the truck reportedly traveled to Albertson’s in Weatherford and contacted the sheriff’s office. 

All three provided written statements to deputies, stating that second man in the vehicle was driving when Skinner was struck. 

However, Molandes and Proctor later admitted that Molandes was driving at the time and that the three in the truck agreed to give a false statement to deputies, according to the investigator. 

All three were released over the weekend on bond.

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