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Road rage in Fortuna turns violent, suspect reportedly bit victim's throat
FORTUNA- An act of road rage in Fortuna turned violent and deputies are still searching for the suspect. The attack happened on Eel River Drive Wednesday morning just after 10 a.m.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says the 22-year-old victim and his 19-year-old girlfriend were driving southbound on highway 101 when they noticed a blue dodge truck following them as they exited onto Kenmar Drive. The victim’s sister, Jessica Sanford said,
"They did not want take him to my house because they were coming over there so they drove and took the back way and the guy started to swerve behind them weaving in and out of the lane,” she said, “and then pulled in front of them and slammed on his brakes, so they had no choice but to stop.”
Once they stopped is when the suspect then reportedly got out of his vehicle and started walking toward the couple. Sanford said,
"My brother got out of the car, and I guess it was a matter of seconds the guy did not say anything walked right up to my brother and put him on the ground."
Without a chance to defend himself Sanford says her brother then tried to curl up into a ball to protect himself, while the suspect started to attack his throat.
"The guy started growling and biting my brother in the jugular and my brother said once he got a grip he would not let go and he just kept chewing and pulling like a dog would,” she said.
Authorities said the victim was taken to the hospital and treated for a broken wrist, a swollen eye socket, and several abrasions around his neck, and add that road rage is a dangerous behavior that can happen almost anywhere.
"Road rage can escalate very quickly, people carry guns these days and this could have been a much bigger tragedy,” said Lt. Steve Knight from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office,” Be polite and courteous and call police for help to make sure these types of events do not happen."
The girlfriend told deputies they might have accidentally cut off the suspect, which is what upset him. Authorities are still looking for the suspect involved. He is described as a white male adult approximately 6’4” 250 pounds with brown hair. The suspect vehicle is described as a blue Dodge or Ford truck with Oregon plates and a number 8 in the sequence.
If you have any information you’re asked to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.