Lawrence man charged with aggravated assault after allegedly trying to hit people with his car

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center is pictured in March of 2022. The center houses the Douglas County District Court and other county services.

A Lawrence man was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly tried to hit two people with his car and rammed another vehicle Tuesday evening.

Daniel Martinez Sanchez, 19, is charged in Douglas County District Court with two felony counts of aggravated assault and one misdemeanor count of criminal damage, according to charging documents.

Police responded around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to a subject attempting to hit people with his car and ramming another vehicle, said Sgt. Drew Fennelly with the Lawrence Police Department. Fennelly said that he could provide no additional details because the incident was domestic in nature, but that no injuries were reported.

Sanchez is being held on a $10,000 cash or surety bond and is next scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday for a status update.

Court records indicate that Sanchez was on bond at the time of the incident. He was charged in March 2022 with one count of felony aggravated burglary and and one count of misdemeanor theft along with co-defendant Sarah Soto, 36, of Vinita, Oklahoma, who faces identical charges.

Court filings allege that Sanchez and Soto were found on March 3, 2022, by a 9-year-old girl inside the bedroom of a house in the 2500 block of Maverick Lane in Lawrence. The child ran to the neighbor’s house and called her mother to inform her that people were in the house. While the child was calling, other witnesses saw two people leave the child’s house with a suitcase and enter a green Honda CRV, and one of those witnesses was able to write down the license plate number, according to the filings.

Police pulled over the vehicle, driven by Sanchez, and found $27 and a blue cup that was alleged to be from the house. Sanchez claimed they were given permission to be in the house, but the homeowner said they were not. Police took Sanchez and Soto into custody, according to the filings.

Once Sanchez was in custody, police said he waived his Miranda rights and again said that he had permission to be in the house. Police noted that Sanchez was under the influence of some kind of drug, and Sanchez allegedly said that he was on “wet marijuana,” according to the filings. According to the National Library of Medicine, “wet marijuana” is a conventional marijuana cigarette that has been dipped into various fluids or laced with additional substances.

Soto, while in custody, allegedly told police that she had taken the blue cup from the house and the $27. Soto was booked and released on a $10,000 own-recognizance bond that day, and Sanchez was arrested for the charge on April 19, 2022, and released on a $20,000 own-recognizance bond. An own-recognizance bond requires no money for a defendant to be released, but the defendant may be fined that amount if they fail to appear for their next court date.

Soto was scheduled for a plea hearing on the charges Thursday, but the results of the hearing were not immediately available. Sanchez is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 17 in that case.

The Journal-World has requested booking photos for Sanchez and Soto from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.


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