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Man punched, knife pulled at gas pump; Road rage blamed

Written By: Marc Stempka
Reported By: Melanie Gillespie

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A man was injured and had a knife pulled on him while trying to resolve an apparent road rage incident at a gas pump, according to police in Cambria County.

Richland Township police said a man was punched in the head after he tried to resolve an argument between two women at the Honey Bear convenience store on Elton Road on Monday.

Police said the women, who were not identified, tried to pull their cars into the same gas pump, but each was facing the opposite direction.

Richland Township police Sgt. John Herdman said the women started yelling at each other and man who was nearby came over in an attempt to resolve the situation.

A bystander came over and told them to get their gas and get moving, Herdman said.

Herdman said when that man was talking to the two women, another man got out of the back seat of one of the vehicles driven by one the women and exchanged words with the bystander.

He started arguing with the other male that was there, [and] the male that was in the vehicle ended up pulling a knife and then punched the guy in the head, Herdman said.

After the attack, police said the man got back into one of the vehicles and the woman who was with him drove away.

Herdman said this situation should serve as a warning to think before you intervene in a situation.

When you approach a vehicle or another person, you have no idea what they have on them, Herdman said. If they have a knife, a gun, or whatever, and you have no idea what their intentions are.

This hasnt been the first case of weapon-involved road rage that has been reported in the past month.

On Dec. 10, police in the Ebensburg area said a motorist flashed what appeared to be a gun at another motorist. It turned out to be a BB gun and the motorist who flashed the weapon was arrested.

Police said if a road rage incident happens to you, drive away if you can, but if not, its important to take detailed notes and report the situation.

Document the information, get the license plate number, description of the people, and stuff like that, and give it to the police when they arrive, Herdman said.

Herdman said the do have a license plate number of the vehicle that the man jumped out of, however the vehicle was leased out of the Pittsburgh area.

There was no information available about the condition of the man who was punched.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times