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24-Year-Old Holiday Man Arrested After Running Over A 10-Year-Old Girl And Man At Pinellas Park Party

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – On Sunday at approximately 2:50 AM, officers responded to a 911 call for service at Banquet Masters at13355 49th St.

Upon arrival, officers learned a vehicle had intentionally run over two victims after a verbal altercation. The intentional act led to a large fight in the parking lot, with three victims being transported to local hospitals.

Through investigation, detectives learned an event was taking place at Banquet Masters with many guests in attendance.

Uninvited individuals arrived and a verbal altercation took place between three subjects and other guests of the party.

The three individuals entered a vehicle, and Roberto Dothe indiscriminately drove into a crowd of attendees, striking two victims. Upon initially hitting the victims, Roberto Dothe crashed his car into a parked truck in the parking lot. Roberto Dothe then put the vehicle in reverse and struck the two victims a second time.

A large crowd surrounded the car and began to attack the three occupants. An attendee of the party, Roque Villalpando, engaged in a physical altercation with the front passenger, causing severe injury to the male victim. The rear passenger of the vehicle, Anthony Benitez, struck Roque Villalpando in the head with a bottle of alcohol, causing serious injury.

Anthony Benitez,18, from Clearwater, was taken into custody on scene and has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Roberto Dothe, 24, from Holiday, fled the scene on foot and was later taken into custody by law enforcement in the vicinity of the incident and charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

The two victims struck by Roberto Dothe are a 10-year-old female and a 37-year-old male. Both sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. This investigation is still active and additional charges are pending.

We will update this story when more details are released.

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