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Greenwood Road Rage Leads to Assault with Knife, Baseball Bat

One man was hit with a baseball bat and another was cut several times with a knife after a road rage incident escalated to a parking lot brawl on Monday afternoon.

At 2:41 p.m., police responded to an assault in the 9900 block of Holman Road Northwest. As officers headed to the scene, callers reported someone had been stabbed, another person had been hit with a baseball bat, and everything had started with a road rage incident.

Through their investigation, police learned the driver of a van and the driver of a Ford Mustang had a road rage altercation on Holman Road Northwest. Both vehicles were occupied with a man and a woman: the van driver was accompanied by his female significant other, while the Mustang driver was with his girlfriend.

The exact details of the initial road rage altercation were not completely clear, but one of the female passengers said there was honking, and one car had been cut off and brake-checked by another.

The 20-year-old Mustang driver then pulled into a parking lot, and the van driver followed. The Mustang driver said when he got out of his car to get some air, the van driver confronted him and punched him in the face. The Mustang driver produced a knife and slashed at the van driver multiple times. Seeing this, the van driver’s significant other grabbed a baseball bat, got out of the van, and proceeded to hit the Mustang driver in the back with it. The man driving the Mustang then ran away across the parking lot and called 911.

Arriving officers began first aid on the van driver for his multiple knife cuts and then transferred care to Seattle Fire Department medics when they arrived. The 47-year-old man was transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition via private ambulance.

Police spoke with all four vehicle occupants about the incident, but no additional witnesses saw the event from start to finish. Because all the reporting parties were involved, and the accounts differed between them, officers identified and released them all at the scene.

Officers will request to review possible footage from several nearby surveillance cameras that may have captured the incident, and detectives will continue to investigate.