A Walla Walla man accused of trying to run over a woman he thought parked incorrectly pleaded not guilty Monday.

Sam R. Castillo, 34, was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree malicious mischief, and hit-and-run of an attended vehicle after he allegedly tried running over a woman parked at the Rose Street Safeway on Saturday about 10:50 p.m. on June 8.

He was released from jail on June 11 pending court proceedings.  

Witnesses and the woman told police Castillo was yelling obscenities at the victim as she put her groceries in her 2001 Acura. He then revved his 2007 Toyota Camry’s engine, backed up, and drove toward her, records stated. She ducked within her car’s rear passenger door, and Castillo struck the door.

He left the store’s parking lot, records stated, and police found him at his home, after reviewing surveillance video, and arrested him. Both the victim’s and Castillo’s car were damaged, records stated, with more than $750 damage to her vehicle.

His trial is scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10.

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