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Man Faces Attempted Murder Charges after Allegedly Running over Women

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The Griggs County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) is investigating an incident in Binford, North Dakota  stemming from a domestic depute on Monday, May 13. 

  The GCSO received a call from North Dakota State Radio of a 911 call they received from Binford, ND reporting a car hit a house. Minutes later, a second call from NDSR was received by GCSO stating a vehicle had also run over a person.  The GCSO received a third call from NDSR reporting that the victim who was run over by the vehicle was still trapped under the vehicle and was run over intentionally.

  A GCSO Deputy arrived on to the house and immediately saw a vehicle driven up against the west side the house at 110 Broad Street in Binford, and that an individual appeared to be pulling a person out from under the vehicle.  

  The Deputy spoke with a witness who had been working across the street. They said he heard an engine roar and then heard what he felt sounded like a crash of a vehicle.  He turned to look in the direction of the noise and saw the house at 110 Broad Street shift and shake.  That witness immediately called 911.  

  The driver of the 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche truck reportedly got out of the vehicle after hitting the house and allegedly running over the victim, got into a second SUV and took off. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Tyronza Watkins, age 36.

Two women were injured in the incident: Jessica Overby, age 28,  who lives with the suspect, and Dawn Leininger, age 41.  Both women were transported to the Cooperstown Medical Center Emergency Room and later air lifted to Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

Overby was released from the hospital on Tuesday, May 14. Leininger remains under medical care at Sanford Hospital in Fargo.  Her condition is unknown.

  A statewide search was underway for Tyronza Watkins, but just before 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, Watkins was stopped on an interstate near Bloomington, Illinois.  Watkins is being held in the McLean County Correctional Facility and the GCSO is working with the McLean County Sheriff's Office in Bloomington, Illinois on the case and will iron out extradition and transport from Illinois back to North Dakota.   

  Tyronza Watkins will be charged in Griggs County with attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and possible other charges pending results of the investigation.

Sheriff Bob Hook Griggs County Sheriff

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