Man arrested after pedestrians struck by car in Pasadena released without charges

PASADENA — A Pasadena man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after police said he struck and injured two women with a car during a fight outside a house party over the weekend was released from custody Wednesday without charges, officials said.
Police released Carlos Rene Rico, 19, from the Pasadena Police Department jail about 7 a.m., according to Los Angeles County booking records.
Following his arrest early Sunday in connection with Saturday’s early-morning incident at Raymond Avenue and Hammond Street that left two young women seriously injured, police booked Rico on suspicion of attempted murder, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Rico was arrested after two 19-year-old woman were struck and seriously injured by a backing car as a fight was going on outside a house party, Clawson said. Police alleged the collision was intentional.
But a case was not presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, D.A.’s spokeswoman Jean Guccione said.
Pasadena police Lt. Teresa Rojas said Wednesday that the investigation was complex and ongoing, and detectives needed more time to prepare a criminal case to present to prosecutors.
By state law, police must present a case to prosecutors within two court days of arrest or release the suspect.

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