An arrest has been made in connection with the Oct. 22 hit-and-run accident occurring at Jack’s Liquor which resulted in more than $15,000 in property loss and damage.

On Thursday afternoon, Jorge Alberto Cruz Aguilar, 24, of Cresco, Iowa, voluntarily spoke with Fremont Police around 1 p.m. at the station, Lt. Ed Watts said. He allegedly took responsibility for the incident, which consisted of a 1990s model red Jeep Grand Cherokee reversing through several pane glass windows at the store entrance before fleeing the scene.

“He came in and pretty much admitted to everything,” Watts said. “He admitted that he drove into the building, said that it was an accident and that he panicked and then fled.”

Aguilar was arrested and charged with criminal mischief in the amount of $5,000 or more; a Class IV felony.

Investigator Matt Hultquist handled the investigation, Watts said, however, he was unavailable for comment Thursday.

Following the incident, Jack’s liquor was closed the remainder of the day Sunday, and all of Monday, Tuesday and part of Wednesday, general manager Mike Bridges told the Tribune. With that being said, though, there is still a great deal of work needing to be completed before the store has the same look it did prior to the crash.

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In fact, a portion of the store’s entrance remains boarded up awaiting glass installation.

“We were actually still moving things around yesterday and today,” Bridges said. “Obviously, we will keep doing that until we get back everything where it belongs.”



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