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Chales Ann Pleads Not Guilty to Running Over Girlfriend

Charles Ann pleaded not guilty to murdering his girlfriend in Bergen County. Last week, the 26-year-old Ann allegedly got into a fight with his girlfriend, 25-year-old art student Aena Hong, when he then ran her over with his car repeatedly, killing her.

It’s not clear what the couple were arguing about, but they were spotted on the street having an intense verbal fight. Things appeared to settle as Ann returned to his car and looked to have driven off. But authorities say that he entered a parking lot where he then circled back to the scene of the argument, reports the New York Post.

Ann does not appear to have plowed into his girlfriend immediately. Instead, the Post reports that he waited for his girlfriend to step off the curb before he gunned the engine and ran over her. He then backed up and ran over her again, before repeating the process. Police say he ran over Hong at least three times.

Ann then fled the scene and police caught up with him hiding in a friend's apartment in Queens. He apparently had $3,000 on him along with his passport, and police believe he was planning to flee back to his native South Korea.

The couple had been dating for about a year, and the relationship had been rocky as Hong had gotten a protective order against Ann. As Hong had only been in the U.S. for approximately two years prior to seeking the order, one can only imagine how troubling the relationship must have been for an immigrant to go through the legal system to seek protection from her boyfriend.

If you are not aware, a protective order is generally a court order that can be issued if a partner in a relationship fears for his or her own safety. A protective order can require that the allegedly abusive partner stay away and not have any contact with the other partner.

Unfortunately for Aena Hong, Charles Ann not only continued to have contact with her, but killed her in the middle of the road.

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