Teen Suspect: "I meant to hurt him and he deserved it"

Suspect: Manuel De La Rosa, Jr.

Laguna Vista police are still investigating what caused a high school student to try and run over a football player with his car.

Investigators said a group of students got into an argument at a Stripes convenience store off Highway 100 and FM 510.

According to investigators, 17-year-old Manuel De La Rosa, Jr. followed a truck from the scene and tried to run over one of the passengers when he got out of the car.

That passenger is Port Isabel Tarpons football player Esteven Montelongo, who got pinned between the two cars.

De La Rosa left the scene while an ambulance took Montelongo to the hospital.

Laguna Vista Police Chief Robert McGinnis told Action 4 News that officers found De La Rosa and arrested him.

"He told investigators that he meant to hurt him and that he deserved it, Chief McGinnis said.

De La Rosa is being charged with aggravated assault and failure to stop and render aid.

Montelongo is healing from minor cuts and bruises from the accident.

On Saturday, Montelongo sat on the sidelines at the Tarpons football game against the Brownsville Veterans Chargers.

Police are reviewing surveillance video from the store and are still conducting interviews.

They have two weeks to complete their investigation.

After that, police will hand the case over to the Cameron County District Attorney TMs Office.