GRPD: Driver admitted to hitting women, child on purpose

Javier Cano-Monarrez
A Sept. 19 mug shot of Javier Cano-Monarrez.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is accused of intentionally ramming his car into three pedestrians, including a toddler and a pregnant woman, in Grand Rapids over the weekend.

Javier Cano-Monarrez, 32, is charged with three felony counts of assault with intent to murder.

According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, he struck three people Saturday as they walked along Grandville Avenue SW near Naylor Street. The victims were two women, one of whom is in the third trimester of pregnancy, and a 1-year-old.

Witnesses say Cano-Monarrez then took off. Investigators were able to track him down an hour later.

“Once the officers had a chance to interview him, he did tell them he tried to kill three people then he was placed under arrest,” GRPD Sgt. Terry Dixon told 24 Hour News 8.

Court documents show Cano-Monarrez has a history of schizophrenia. He was hospitalized in 2015 and during an August evaluation reported fearing the end of the world. 24 Hour News 8’s efforts to contact the attorney involved in the August evaluation were unsuccessful.

Police don’t know his motive for hitting the women and child, but believe the outcome could have been much worse.

“We have three individuals who suffered very traumatic injuries and we’re lucky we’re not talking about burying or having a funeral for these people,” Dixon said.

Cano-Monarrez is expected to be back in court Sept. 27 for a probable cause hearing.

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