In northern California, a case of road rage took a turn of which many victims fear. The suspect followed his victim home, but didn’t expect what was about to happen.
In the city of San José, it seems that one man became aggravated in a road situation. According to ABC-7 News, alleged victim Travis David Painter (21) said that the unnamed man cut him off on McAbee Road.
Yahoo! News reports that, after committing the road error, the suspect rolled down his window and signaled for Painter to pull over. However, the alleged road rage victim didn’t do that. Instead, he drove home. To his surprise, he was followed by the man.
Once home, Painter mentioned that — by the time he turned off his car — the suspect had approached his vehicle and was at his door. When the victim got out, the unnamed man pushed him against his car and punched him in the face.
Unfortunately, the unnamed man’s 5-year-old son was in the car watching the whole altercation. At this point, after the man struck the alleged victim, Painter felt that he had to protect himself. The source mentions that Travis pulled out a folded knife and began to stab the man repeatedly. While this was a horrible sight for the man’s son to witness, Painter claimed that he felt threatened and needed to get road rage suspect off him.
However, this is where the roles switched. The victim became the suspect, and the suspect became the victim. Whereas Painter claimed self-defense for his actions, KRON-4 News states that, as the unnamed — now injured — man ran back to his vehicle, Travis chased him. As the source reports, he continued to stab the man, even in front of his son.
According to police sergeant Enrique Garcia, Travis Painter’s father is who stopped him from the crime he was committing. Apparently, he stepped outside and told him to cease stabbing the man. At that moment, Painter’s mother called emergency services to the scene. Once they arrived, they transported the injured man to the hospital. ABC-7 News interviewed neighbor Choon Beng Ng, and it was said that police were moving around the neighborhood’s streets with their shotguns drawn and ready to fire, if needed.
Police then arrested Travis David Painter and booked him at Santa Clara County jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. However, Painter told the source as follows.
“It befuddled me that he proceeded to do what he did when he had his kid in the car. It’s 137 percent self-defense. The guy was on my property attacking me.”
— Robert Salonga (@robertsalonga) October 30, 2015
As reports Yahoo! News, when the incident was happening, he didn’t know there was a child in the vehicle. ABC-7 News states that the child was sitting in the back seat. Fortunately, he wasn’t harmed.
Moreover, KRON-4 News reports that the incident happened around 7:10 p.m., inside of the cul-de-sac on the street where Painter lived. After arriving to the hospital, the 36-year-old injured man was expected to survive, as he didn’t sustain life-threatening injuries.
Another neighbor, Betty Paul, mentioned her experience of the incident to NBC News – Bay Area, as follows.
“A road rage incident is tragic because so many innocent people can be harmed by someone else’s rage. But to bring it into our neighborhood, which is really a very nice neighborhood… it’s kind of scary”
Since his arrest, Painter has been released on bail. He maintains that he suffered a black eye, cuts, and scrapes during the altercation himself.
Yet, what else do you think might have happened, since Painter’s parents had to stop him from possibly committing a worse crime? Do you think it would have progressed to murder had they not intervened? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
[Image via San José County]