ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A group of neighborhood kids were playing basketball in southwest Albuquerque on Thursday when the game suddenly became deadly serious as a speeding car approached.
The driver, they say, hit the gas and took deliberate aim at them.
"He was speeding, and I had the chance to push my sister," Isaiah Armendariz, 12, told KRQE News 13. "I pushed her out of the road into the rocks, and she fell down because I didn't want her to get hit or anything.
"And I almost got hit, and I tried to run as far as back as I could."
The group, ages 6-14 and including another brother and friends, was shooting baskets at a favored after-school location, a neighborhood street near Unser Boulevard SE and Arenal Road.
Isaiah said the driver kept circling around the block doing the same thing.
"We were getting scared and worried," Isaiah continued. "He would move the steering wheel and try to hit us."
Isaiah's mother, Marisela Armendariz, came out to check on the kids and said the driver aimed at her.
"He kept going like this trying to hit us," she said.
She called police and said she recognized the driver as a man who lives near them. Police identified him as David Parsons, 40.
Armendariz said they don't know Parsons or why he targeted them.
Police, however, described him as a schizophrenic who hasn't been taking his medicine.
"This man needs to understand he could hurt people without his medication," Marisela said.
Parsons was arraigned Friday on six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remains in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center under a $60,000 bond.
He has a lengthy record that includes disorderly conduct, forgery and aggravated battery.
"It's scary because, you know, we don't want to die or anything or get hit," Isaiah said.
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