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Witness: Break-in suspects run over business owner in getaway car

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An auto shop owner says his fiancée was run over by an SUV after a break-in at his business. Sam Padilla's fiancée is recovering at University Hospital. He said she was in extreme pain after she hit her head on the pavement and the SUV drove over her legs.

Louisville Metro Police were busy talking to witnesses after the ordeal at 130 Outer Loop.

“Two o’clock in the afternoon, and I don't understand,” Jennifer Gravel said who works nearby.

Padilla says it started when the couple pulled up to their business, Napa Auto Care Center, to check on a leaking roof. The building is being remodeled and hasn't even opened yet.

“As I walked in a female went left out that side door and a male went right out that side door,” Padilla said.

Padilla's fiancée followed the woman to her SUV.

“For whatever reason [she] jumps in the driver’s window to take the keys so they can't get away,” Padilla recalled as he tried not to get emotional.

His fiancée was unable to get the keys. Then he says the male suspect jumped in the vehicle and tried to push her off. She was then thrown from the SUV after the driver made a sharp turn.

“And then she went back left, ran her over and drug her up into the grass and just drove over top of her and kept on going… drove down the road,” Padilla said.

A passerby captured pictures of the older, white SUV leaving the scene.

Padilla's fiancée just had her arm put in a cast hours before the incident. When he asked her why she held on, this is what she said.

“She say's I’m tired of people robbing us - every, every day,” Padilla said.

Padilla also owns another auto center. He says cars in the parking lot are often broken into, but never the building. At the time of this posting he had not been inside his business and didn’t know if the suspects had gotten away with anything.

Now neighboring business are also on alert.

“It does make you a little creeped out and leery,” Gravel said.

Padilla says the future of the business is now up in the air. He doesn't know if his fiancée will be too scared to come back.

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