Philly police want to talk with the victims of a road rage attack caught on video. At the same time, they want to question the guy with a sledgehammer who went berserk, not only on the car, but one of the passengers. Strangely enough, reports say neither party has notified police. Frankly, Mr. Sledgehammer should count his lucky stars an armed good guy didn’t punch his ticket.
The surveillance video shows an SUV driving into a parking lot and stopping. Moments later, a red pickup truck roars in and the driver hops out carrying a sledgehammer. For most folks, the second driver hopping out of his car should serve as a clue to exit stage right. Add in a big hammer and even the not so high-speed, low-drag know to run. Most riki-tik.
In this case, our SUV driver remained a little slow on the uptake. Mr. Pickup hefted the sledge and smashed the driver’s side window. Clearly, this rather crude display of toxic masculinity disturbed the occupants, likely causing a Code Brown moment for both driver and passenger.
More swings batter the vehicle as the SUV driver tries to drive away. Meanwhile, a panicked passenger jumped out to flee. That ill-considered action hurt him, but not as much as when Mr. Road Rage hit him with the sledge.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A road rage suspect seen on surveillance video hitting a man with a sledgehammer after smashing the windows out of a vehicle is being sought by Philadelphia police.
Video of the parking lot attack was posted online by the police department Wednesday. It shows the assailant exiting his pickup truck with a sledgehammer and busting out the driver’s side window of an SUV.
Here’s the video:
As renowned self-defense expert Andrew Branca will tell you, better to call 9-1-1 on a raging motorist than to flip them the bird. Drive to a populated area or better yet, a police station. At the same time, call 9-1-1 yourself.
From a tactical standpoint, stay away from parking lots or dead-end streets if pursued by a lunatic. Every second you delay them from attacking gives help another second to arrive.
As we all know, if things go south, you need options. If some someone with road rage tries to do some bodywork on you after attacking your car with a long club, you want to stand on the mantle of innocence if you’re forced to burn him down.