Charles Ann, 26, was caught by police in Queens as he was reportedly trying to flee the country after killing his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend Aena Hong, 25, in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Ms Hong, who had been dating Ann for a year, was struck around 5pm Monday night in a Fort Lee intersection.
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Charged: Charles Ann, 26, was caught by police in Queens as he was trying to flee the country after killing his girlfriend Aena Hong, 25, in New Jersey
She was taken to Holy Name Hospital and pronounced dead.
Witnesses saw her walking and arguing with the driver of the car that hit her at least three times before speeding away.
'My husband was coming back from work and he saw something happen with the car,' a woman named Hasmik Manoukain told The New York Post.
'He didn't know a woman was killed. He yelled 'stop, stop' and he was holding the (car door) handle and the guy was back (and) forth, back (and) forth and the lady was on the floor.
Scene: The fatal incident occurred on a busy street around 5pm on Monday so there were plenty of witnesses who saw the car run over the woman three times
Abandoned: The car was found about a mile away from the scene, but Ann had long since fled when police arrived. They later found him in Queens
'My husband, he was trying to open the door but it was locked.'
Parts of the vehicle remained at the scene, and the rest of the heavily damaged vehicle was found a mile from the scene.
Police suspect that Ann, who was born in Korea but a naturalized U.S. citizen, was planning to flee the country as they found him with his passport and an unusually large amount of money on him.
Tracing the route: Ms Hong was killed in front of the Fort Lee Community Center Monday evening and Ann was found early Tuesday in a friend's apartment in Queens with his passport and tons of cash
Ann was arrested at 4am Tuesday morning at a friend's apartment in Flushing, Queens, and one report says that Ann and Ms Hong lived together in an apartment in Fort Lee.