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Phoenix-area man charged with attempted murder for car crash

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PHOENIX – A young husband and father has been arrested on attempted murder charges after Phoenix police said he purposefully drove a car carrying his family into a house.

Ricardo Munoz, 20, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder of his wife and 2-year-old daughter. He was behind the wheel July 21 when the car crashed into the garage of a home near 87th and Campbell avenues around 9 p.m.

Phoenix police said Munoz also faces charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping, child abuse and endangerment.

He, his 17-year-old wife and their child suffered serious injuries but none were life-threatening. The child underwent surgery to repair a broken leg and had a concussion.

According to court documents, Munoz and his wife had been arguing before the car crash, a fight she said started in a grocery store parking lot.

The wife told officers instead of going home, Munoz drove away from the direction of their apartment and eventually threatened to kill her.

The car was going 61 mph when they smashed into the house, police said. It eventually landed upside down. The wife said she didn’t remember the collision but did recall being pulled from the wreckage.

All three were out of the car by the time first responders arrived, a fire department spokesman said the morning after the crash.

No one in the house was injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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