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Granite Falls man injured in Sunday hit-and-run

GRANITE FALLS — Emergency responders conducted a large search Sunday morning for the victim of a hit-and-run incident reported in Granite Falls.

A 55-year-old Granite Falls man was located at a residence in town and later flown to a Twin Cities area hospital for treatment of his injuries, Granite Falls Police said.

Erwin Oran Rendon appeared to have significant injuries to both his head and face, as well as his lower extremities, Police said. Law Enforcement arrested 27-year-old Alan Asuncion De Los Santos for suspicion of criminal vehicular operation.

At 12:54 a.m. Sunday, Granite Falls Police were dispatched to investigate a fight at a residence on the 1100 block of Granite Street. The victim of the assault, Pablo Cruz Horton, 28, of Granite Falls, told officers he had been a passenger in a vehicle that just hit a man west of his residence.

Officers found the crash scene and signs of injury, but no victim, Police said. The suspect vehicle had also left, Police said. Officers were able to locate a white 2009 Chevy Tahoe and the alleged driver, De Los Santos, at his residence in Granite Falls. De Los Santos was arrested, and Horton was detained for questioning, Police said.

Responders including Granite Falls Police, Fire and Ambulance conducted a ground search of the surrounding area for the injured hit-and-run victim. Around 9:46 a.m., a tip led officers to a residence on the 1200 block of Sixth Street, where they found Rendon, Police said. Rendon was transported to Avera Granite Falls, and then later airlifted to a metro area hospital.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Upper Sioux Police, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, Granite Falls Ambulance, Granite Falls Fire Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension all responded to the incident, Police said.

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