Charges: Man was 'freaked out' by Eagan couple so he ran them over, killing them

A husband and wife were killed while out for a walk last week.
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Jonna Kojo Armartey

Jonna Kojo Armartey

The driver of the van that hit and killed a man and woman in Eagan last week has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dakota County. 

Jonna Kojo Armartey, 36, of Eagan is facing the murder charges for allegedly running over a married couple at 2020 Silver Bell Road in Eagan on June 28. The victims, Roger Peterson, 74, and his wife Diane Peterson, 58, were out for a walk when they were struck by the van just before 10 p.m. 

A 911 call reporting two people laying in the road was made at 9:51 p.m., and upon arrival officers found the husband and wife struggling to breathe. They were transported to Regions Hospital where they died. 

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Court documents state that surveillance video from a nearby business revealed a minivan following the Petersons as they walked through a parking lot. Following his arrest, police say Armartey admitted that he saw the Petersons and they "freaked him out" so he ran them over, noting that he was going fast and he hit them hard. 

Armartey's vehicle, a Dodge Caravan minivan, was located in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant and it had front-end damage, a cracked windshield and a cell phone belonging to one of the victims wedged under a windshield wiper. 

Armartey was arrested later that night at the AmericInn in Apple Valley. 

If convicted, Armartey faces up to 40 years in prison for each charge. 

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