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Man charged in hit-and-run outside River North nightclub

Alejandro Escobar / phofrom Chicago Police.

Alejandro Escobar / photo from Chicago Police.

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Updated: November 15, 2012 6:46AM

A Melrose Park man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly mowed down two men with his car outside a River North nightclub last weekend.

Alejandro Escobar apparently grew angry when a bystander saw him and his wife arguing and advised him not to treat his spouse that way, Cook County prosecutors said.

Escobar, 37, ended up throwing a punch in an ensuing brawl and was escorted off the club property, in the 100 block of West Ontario Street, authorities said.

Still incensed, Escobar returned to the club in his 2009 red Honda Accord and revved the engine repeatedly in an effort to scare the people with whom he had been fighting, prosecutors said. Escobar then allegedly drove up on the sidewalk and hit two men as they walked away from the club in the early morning hours of Oct. 7.

Escobar pinned one of the men beneath his car, ran him over and continued to reverse his Accord on top of his body several times while witnesses screamed for him to stop, prosecutors said. Escobar then drove east on Ontario Street, a one-way street going west as he fled from the scene, police said.

Two victims, ages 23 and 30, were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. One man was released without life-threatening injuries, while the other remained in critical condition Saturday with a fractured face and a head injury, prosecutors said.

Escobar, who has a string of prior felonies, was arrested at his home Friday.

He was ordered held in lieu of $800,000 bail Saturday.

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