The second day of trial for a Lubbock father whose police chase caused his toddler to be thrown from his vehicle came to a close on Tuesday.
Kenny Jimenez, 18, is indicted for aggravated robbery after robbing two women at gunpoint in the Depot District last June. Police say the robbery led to a high-speed police chase and eventually a wreck on the 1500 block of 37th St.
The police dash cam tracks officers chasing Jimenez in a stolen SUV. The video reveals that Jimenez lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip several times. In the wake of the accident, Jimenez's 18-month-old daughter was thrown from the SUV, landing dangerously close to its tires. The toddler miraculously braced herself to get up, but fell right back down. As she got up again, someone got out of the SUV, grabbed her and fled on foot.
A number of people took the stand to testify on Tuesday, including the women who were robbed. Chelsea Betenbough, now 20, described the incident in which she and two of her friends were cornered by a car and approached by a gunman demanding money. Fearing her life after he pointed the gun at her stomach, she gave him her purse.
The neighbor who found Jimenez, his girlfriend and their daughter hiding after fleeing the scene of the accident also took the stand on Tuesday. Samuel Lemus said he spotted the family in another neighbor's backyard when the woman approached him, seeking help for her baby who she claimed was bleeding and dying. She told Lemus not to call the police but he alerted them and they arrested Jimenez and transported the mother and child to UMC. The child, thankfully sustained no serious injuries.
The police car video shows Jimenez handcuffed in the backseat kicking the back door while trying to escape. The officer who confiscated the gun from the back of the stolen SUV said the gun was not loaded.
Jimenez is facing 5 to 99 years or life in prison if he is convicted of aggravated robbery. He still faces the charges of evading arrest, injury to a child, giving false information to police and illegally carrying a firearm while in a stolen vehicle, which will be tried at a future date. The current trial will resume Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.
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