Two Arrested in SODO Road Rage Incident

Officers arrested two men in SODO this morning after they attacked a motorist and his family in an apparent incident of road rage.

A 38-year-old driver was reportedly rerouting his GPS while driving near 4th Avenue South and South Spokane Street, which prompted the two suspects, in another vehicle, to shout at the victim as they were stopped in traffic.

The suspects began following the victim, who attempted to let the suspects pass him until both vehicles stopped at a red light at 4th Avenue South and South Lander Street.

There, a 59-year-old man exited the passenger side of the suspects’ truck and began punching the 38-year-old driver in the other vehicle through his open window.

The driver’s 64-year-old father, who was sitting in the back of the car, got out to try and intervene. When he confronted the 59-year-old suspect outside of the car, he and the second suspect, a 63-year-old man, armed themselves with broomsticks and a pole or pipe, and attacked the 38-year-old driver, his 64-year-old father, and the driver’s 57-year-old mother, who was also in the car and tried to intervene in the incident.

Patrol officers spotted the suspects near 6th Avenue and Lander Street and booked the 59-year-old and 63-year-old suspects into the King County Jail for assault.

The 38-year-old and 57-year-old victims were treated at the scene for minor injuries and transported to a hospital by private ambulance. The 64-year-old victim, who sustained a serious head injury during the incident, was transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.