A man was arrested for attempted murder after he allegedly drove a stolen car into a 24-hour gym in Los Angeles.
The vehicle smashed through glass at the front entrance of a Crunch Fitness in the 12800 block of Valley View Avenue in La Mirada at about 2 am, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Witnesses described hearing the revving of an engine and seeing a man get out of the car, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said.
Footage shows the moment a worker was forced to run for his life when suspect Sergio Reyes drives a Honda Sedan through the entrance of a Crunch Fitness gym in La Mirada
Footage of the incident shows an employee scrambling to get out of the way seconds before the Honda sedan comes barreling into the building.
The car then smashes through the front counter and extensive damage was done to the gym floor.
Police found the driver in his own car about two miles from the scene and took him into custody, the Sheriff’s Department said. He was later identified as Sergio Reyes, 32, from Whittier.
Surveillance footage shows an employee at the customer service counter just moments before the car smashes through the glass windows at the front of the premises
The worker is then seen running seconds before the Honda Sedan drives towards him
Suspected driver, Sergio Reyes, apparently had a grudge over his cancelled gym membership
The gym was open at the time, but no injuries were reported.
Witnesses had chased the fleeing suspect who then entered the passenger side of a waiting Toyota Corolla.
The getaway driver tried to lose the pursuing witnesses who were in another car, Navarro-Suarez said.
Sergio Reyes, from Whittier, was arrested by police a short time later after fleeing the scene
Officers assess the damage at Crunch Fitness in the 12800 block of Valley View Avenue
When the Corolla hit a curb at Alicante Road and Manzanares Road, she said the driver abandoned the car and fled.
Authorities claim that Reyes was a member of the gym for three weeks and they had received complaints against him of alleged harassment and stalking of female gym-goers.
Adrian Nolesco,a gym member told
Crunch Fitness was forced to close as it carries out repair work after the incident
Witness Adrian Nolesco (pictured) said the driver revved the engine several times before driving through the glass windows of the premises
He said: ‘This guy just started revving his car and at the end he put it on drive and he let the car go. It was going pretty fast.
‘He rolled out and he started running towards Imperial Highway.’
His gym membership was subsequently cancelled. An employee told ABC7 that the suspect threatened to fight gym staff after the cancellation and he was upset because he was waiting on a $70 reimbursement fee.
He has was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and taking or driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent, according to Deputy Navarro-Suarez.
Reyes is being held at the Sheriff’s Norwalk station jail in lieu of $1 million bail. He will be arraigned Thursday at Downey Superior Court.