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Man charged with trying to run over women, children

CONYERS -- A man who was apparently upset that his wife left him allegedly tried to run over his sister-in-law, another woman and two small children as they walked on Frontier Drive last week.

Jose De Jesus Barajas, 41, of 48 Manatee Drive in Lakeview Estates told a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy that he was "messed up" and "confused" and told the officer to take him to jail.

According to the two women, they were walking with two small children on Frontier Drive at about 10 p.m. May 20 when Barajas tried to strike them with the Ford Expedition he was driving. Barajas reportedly missed and hit a mailbox on the driver's side of the vehicle instead.

Barajas was questioned by the RCSO later at his residence. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while license suspended or revoked, striking a fixed object, failure to maintain lane and four counts of aggravated assault.

In other police news, the Conyers Police Department is investigating an incident in which a 31-year-old woman allegedly tried to run over two motorcyclists with her car.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident in which the woman reportedly sideswiped one of the motorcyclists and tried to back over the other in the area of Iris Drive and Klondike Road on May 19 at about 6:15 p.m.

The two complainants, a 34-year-old man from Lithonia and a 39-year-old Braselton man, told police that the incident began at Mountain Motor Sports on Iris Drive where the offender allegedly attacked another male member of their motorcycle club, identified as Donny, by hitting him in the face and trying to knock down his bike. It was not clear from the incident report if the complainants or Donny knew the woman.

Club members separated the woman from Donny, and the two were told to leave.

Four members of the club accompanied Donny to ensure his safety, but the woman allegedly had stopped on the side of Iris Drive and then pulled out in front of the cyclists and slammed on her brakes in an apparent attempt to make them crash. The motorcyclists turned right from Iris Drive onto Klondike Road and the woman got out of her car and threw a bottle of water at Donny, according to the report.

One of the complainants said the woman then sideswiped his leg with her car as he and other club members waited at the traffic light in front of McDonald's.

The other complainant said that the woman threw a drink on him as he waited at the traffic light to get on Interstate 20 westbound. He said he then followed her to get her tag number, but she made a right turn onto Dogwood Drive, made a U-turn and then tried to back over him with her car. The complainant said at that point he called police.