Minnesota man uses car to chase down ex-girlfriend, hurls tire iron at her as she tried to escape: report

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Oct. 1 2021, Published 12:31 p.m. ET

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A Minnesota man chased down his ex-girlfriend before crashing a car into her vehicle, running after her and throwing a tire iron at her, police said.

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Around 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, police said a call came in for a domestic assault in St. Paul, Minnesota.

At the scene, authorities said a woman arrived home in St. Paul with her boyfriend when she saw her ex, 31-year-old Aung Toe Lay, in her other car.

Once he noticed her, the victim said she quickly drove into a back alley out of fear, officials said. Lay then blocked her into the alley, but she went into reverse to escape. That is when Lay threw a tire iron at her, police said.

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The woman continued to drive with Lay following behind her. She would try to stop at stop signs, but Lay would slam into the back of her car when she slowed down, officials said.

She continued to speed through the streets with Lay behind her, but she tried to make a U-turn and failed, KSTP reported.

The woman and her current boyfriend then got out of the car and tried to run, as Lay chased after them with a tire iron. Lay smashed her windshield and threw the iron, but it missed her, police said.

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Then, Lay got back into the vehicle he was driving, as he headed toward the passenger side of the woman’s car, authorities said. The victim got out of the way before Lay hit the car. He then backed up and pointed the car at her and she ran.

The woman was able to get away to “an unknown location,” as she was fearful Lay would “return to get her,” according to KSTP.

A warrant was issued for Lay’s arrest and he was recently arrested. He was charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of threats of violence, police said.

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