Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking the public for information on a “troop of street performance motorcycle riders” accused of beating a motorist during a road rage incident.
The attack occurred on Jan. 9 on the westbound lanes of Pondella Road, according to a Facebook Post by Crime Stoppers.
The victim encountered the group as they were weaving in and out of traffic, cutting off motorists and blocking intersections. The victim shouted at the men and Crime Stoppers say he clipped one of their motorcycles. So one of the motorcyclists got off, approached the victim’s car and smashed in their car windows.
Then other motorcyclists began to surround the car.
They then used their helmets and a large wrench to attack the victim, Crime Stoppers reported.
Bystanders interjected and broke up the assault. However, those who witnessed the incident disagree on what actually happened last weekend.
One of the witnesses admits to hearing yelling and cursing and saw the victim get out of his car with a wrench, after being surrounded by the group of men.
Using that same wrench, and helmets they were able to attack the victim. The group also kicked the victim while he was on the ground.
Another witness paints the scenario as self-defense. They say after the victim hit one of the motorcycles he got out and began attacking the group with the wrench.
One thing all of the witnesses agreed on was that this case of road rage went too far.
“I have cried every night because of what I’ve seen. I think it is so unfair on both. I don’t think it is fair for the guy. I don’t think it’s fair for the other two guys who were involved. or the three guys who were involved in general,” said one witness.
WINK News also spoke to the person who called 911 and they seem to corroborate the story that Crime Stoppers is asserting.
The victim is still recovering from his injuries.
If you have any information on the identities of these suspects, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com
If your tip leads to any of their arrests, Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward. Crime Stoppers says they’ve already received dozens of tips but still encourage you to come forward if you have any information, as they have yet to arrest these suspects.
The photos below were taken from the victim’s dashcam: