A Scottsdale man is charged with attempted murder after ramming his car several times into his estranged wife’s car outside of an apartment complex Wednesday night.
Police were called to the La Privada at Scottsdale Ranch apartment complex near Mountain View Road and Via Linda around 9 p.m.
According to a Scottsdale police spokesperson, Ji Song Lee was involved in an altercation with his wife at the apartment complex. His wife attempted to leave after Lee allegedly became aggressive and threatening.
As the woman was driving out of the parking lot, Lee followed the victim in his car and rammed into her’s multiple times, officials said. At one point the woman lost control of her car and crashed into the landscaping.
Afterwards, Lee continued to run into her car on the driver’s side. The woman was able to escape the vehicle by crawling out of the passenger’s side.
Residents of the apartment complex heard the commotion outside. One neighbor, Barbara Paul, described it as sounding like an "explosion."
"He had to be speeding...because if you saw the damage to the car you knew that was speed and there was force behind it," Paul said.
Treecy Meier said she heard the sound of crunching metal from her unit.
"I thought it was the storm," Meier said. "I thought I was hearing thunder, but maybe I didn't..."
A few neighbors rushed outside to help the woman to safety. One person in took her inside their home through the patio. The victim said her husband was trying to kill her.
"Poor thing; she must be terrified," Meier said.
Once authorities arrived at the scene, Lee remained combative and attempted to physically fight officers while being taken into custody.
He is facing multiple charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, criminal damage, aggravated assault of an officer and endangerment.