HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A Hollywood man who hit two people with his SUV earlier this month is evading law enforcement's efforts to find him, authorities said Monday.
According to Hallandale Beach police, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Vagiff Safarov, charging him with multiple counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
On Feb. 12, Safarov hit two people with his car outside Flanigan's Seafood Bar & Grill, 4 North Federal Highway, police said.
The victims were identified as Efrain Lopez and Joby Paul-Benson, both of Aventura. Lopez suffered a skull facture and cranial hemorrhaging but does not remember the accident. Paul-Benson suffered a broken right wrist. Both victims have been released from hospital, authorities said.
Safarov, 61, lives along the 2100 block of South Ocean Drive in Hollywood. Safarov knows he is being sought and is attempting to avoid police, investigators said.
He was driving a yellow 2001 Suzuki Vitara SUV with a Florida tag 180 XYR.
Surveillance video showed Safarov at Big Daddy's Liquor. After making a purchase, he was seen driving through the parking lot of the neighboring Flanigan's when the two victims walked in front of the vehicle, police said.
Paul-Benson placed his foot on the bumper of the SUV and at that point Safarov accelerated and both were struck at a high speed. Paul-Benson walks around to driver side of vehicle and Safarov accelerates again, hitting Lopez for a second time. Lopez was then dragged by the vehicle for a short distance, the video showed.
Hallandale Beach Police urge anyone with information on Safarov's whereabouts to contact Det. Lane Sauls at 954-457-1438 or 954-457-1400.