Man arrested on suspicion of running down pedestrian

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A man accused of intentionally running down a pedestrian with a vehicle on a street downtown in April, killing him, was taken into custody in Tijuana Tuesday.

Mexican authorities arrested 32-year-old Zachary Addison Porter Tuesday morning and turned him over to the San Diego Police Department, SDPD Lt. Matt Dobbs said.

Officers responding to a report of a possible traffic accident found Austin Simon gravely injured in the 1100 block of Eighth Avenue in the downtown Core-Columbia district shortly after 5 a.m. on April 28. Medics took the 32-year- old victim to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“The incident was initially handled as a possible hit-and-run accident, but as the traffic investigators began reviewing video footage, it became clear the incident was an intentional act,” Dobbs alleged.

The lieutenant did not disclose a suspected motive.

Porter was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of first- degree murder. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for June 12.

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