Man arrested for striking another man with a sport utility vehicle

A 35-year-old Key West man was arrested Friday for striking another man with an SUV during a dispute over money.

Jean Diverson Estephen was charged with aggravated battery.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to Stock Island at approximately 9:41 p.m. regarding a subject hit by a vehicle. The 39-year-old victim stated he gave Estephen $4,000 for a rental residence, but Estephen never provided the rental unit. The victim stated he saw Estephen parked in a white SUV on Maloney Avenue and confronted him. The victim stated he stood in the front of the SUV and threatened to call police if his money was not returned.

The victim stated Estephen put the SUV into drive and struck him before driving away. The victim had non-life-threatening injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle. Two witnesses corroborated the victim’s story.

Estephen was found at a Key West residence on Duck Avenue. Deputies observed damage to the front of the white SUV that corroborated the victim’s story.

Estephen was taken to jail.

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