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Man accused of trying to run down ex-girlfriend after rejected marriage proposal was holding flowers at time of arrest, officials say

A Whittier man has been arrested for allegedly trying to run down his ex-girlfriend after she turned down his marriage proposal.

Officials said Francisco Hernandez, 22, was spotted walking down the street after the incident, carrying a bouquet of flowers.

He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, said Lt. Andrew Berg of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

The incident took place Thursday afternoon at Burger Stop, a restaurant on Slauson Avenue in Pico Rivera, where Hernandez had proposed to the woman, Berg said.

Hernandez's car had the proposal “Stacy Will You Marry Me?” written on the back window of his car, according to reports.

"She said no. He was a little unhappy with that," Berg said.

Hernandez allegedly drove onto the sidewalk through some bushes and into the restaurant parking lot, narrowly missing the woman, Berg said. Hernandez then allegedly tried to drive away from the scene with two flat tires.

He left the car and ran off, but witnesses pointed out his car to deputies, officials said.

Deputies were heading to his house in Whittier, "then our helicopter guys spotted him walking down the street carrying a bouquet of flowers," Berg said.

Deputies provided the unidentified woman with victim-assistance information and details on how to file a restraining order, officials said.

-- Sam Quinones

Comments () | Archives (27)

Dude, first mistake is proposing to her at a Burger Stop ;)

Obviously, she made the right decision.

lol. I guess she should be happy she said NO, cant imagine what he would do if she did anything else wrong!!Glad at least she got away from an abusive relationship, there are some that don't make it out alive!

Ditto Chris...

Yes, I liked that Burger Stop moment too. This could have gone really south, but frankly I am glad it didn't because I feel like laughing hysterically. At least he brought flowers. Not enough guys do that nowadays.

I loved that Burger Stop moment too, and I'm glad it turned out pretty well, considering, because it makes me want to laugh hysterically. Hey, at least the guy brought flowers. Most guys don't bother with that today it seems.

Well at least Francisco didn't do something wasteful- like throwing the flowers away.

uhm maybe they make really good burgers there? I dunno?

Note to would be Groom: Real romance isn't served with fries and a milkshake... Next time, show some class and take her to a really wicked Sushi Joint...

Marry me or I'll run you over with my car!

Oh yeah, he's someone every father and mother wants as a son-in-law! NOT!

Stay classy, Francisco.

How much...how much you wanna bet these two love-birds already have at least one illegitimate child between them? How much? C'mon, LA Times, get on it!

walking down the street with flowers.... on his way to propose to someone else.

Well, if I can't have you, then my car will...lol

Shouldn't have said no and have led him on the whole time...moron.

"She said no. He was a little unhappy with that." Understatement?

He's a bit unstable. Good thing she said no. Makes you wonder what would have set him off in the future. God forbid she say no to sex.

LOL I could just see this as a skit on a Comedy Central.

Bro, you should know that there are millions of fishes in the sea.

Getting married at 22 umm personally that's a little to young and it just shows his immaturity. Grow up bro and do some soul searching, it wasn't meant to be.

You should take this incident/lesson and learn from it, you may well find your soul mate in time and you will be happy that she turned you down. Its not the end of the world. Move on :)

Yeah, and I'm sure that "restraining order" will protect her if he decides to try again, right?!

"She said no. He was a little unhappy with that." It's not just an understatement. It's a lame attempt at humor by Lt. Andrew Berg of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, who should embarrassed of himself. Apparently it's too tough nowadays to act like a professional. Everybody wants to be an entertainer.

My favorite part of this story?


That'll really protect her from an idiot like this.

You can't change human nature. If he wants to do a number on her, he'll be done and gone by the time the police get there, I've seen it happen. There was a mother and child shot and killed in OC a few days ago by a person who had a restraining order on him.

Gee, I can't imagine why she said,"No."

Yeah, clearly there's a reason why she said no.

They did have a kid together, maybe even two. I saw this on the news, so she's stuck with this guy no matter what

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