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Deputies: Man who ran over Brandon Walmart employee arrested in Las Vegas

The man who sheriff's deputies think ran over a Brandon Walmart employee on Dec. 4 was arrested Friday in Las Vegas after police saw him jaywalking.

Algernon Maurice West, 26, of Lakeland, gave Las Vegas police a false name, but his identity was discovered when he was fingerprinted at the Clark County jail, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, among other charges.

"And that's why we always say there's no such thing as a routine traffic stop," said Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon.

Deputies say that on Dec. 4, West and Eunessa Lawson, 32, tried to buy a laptop at the Causeway Boulevard store with stolen checks. When questioned, they made a scene. Lawson was held by a security officer but West ran to his truck and employee Kimberly Price, 38, followed.

A surveillance video shows a man climbing into the truck and backing up as Price stands to the side. The driver puts the vehicle in gear and accelerates toward Price, running her over. Deputies say the truck's right wheels ran over Price's torso. She was taken to Tampa General Hospital and released three days later.

In Las Vegas, officers showed West the video, and his response was, "Well, if it were you, you would have lied, too," the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

He was charged with attempted first-degree murder because his actions seemed premeditated, McKinnon said.

"He could have stopped," he said. "But he chose not to."

West was held with no bail. He has also been charged with uttering a forged instrument, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer and giving a false name to an officer, in addition to violation of probation in Polk County.

Detectives will begin an extradition process that could take up to 30 days, officials said.

Both Lawson and West have previous convictions, several of them for using counterfeit or fraudulent methods of payment. West has served three stints in state prison since 2003.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at jvandervelde@sptimes.com or (813) 661-2443.

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