BY LUCY GUANUNA
HIGHLAND PARK — A man was taken into custody after waving a 15-inch “Rambo knife” during a fight that started off as a case of road rage Tuesday night, said police.
Police responded to calls of an assault with a deadly weapon at about 7 p.m. near Avenue 50 and Echo Street, said Lt. Ryan Schatz with LAPD Northeast Division. An argument started after the victim, who was in his car, honked at a woman while she was in her vehicle. The woman’s boyfriend came out of his home on Echo Street after hearing shouting, said Schatz.
The suspect, a 20-year-old Latino, intervened in the argument and started yelling profanities at the victim before the confrontation escalated and the suspect started throwing punches. During the fight, the suspect pulled out a black, 15-inch knife from his waistband and started waving the knife at the victim’s face, said Schatz.
When officers arrived they were able to locate the suspect, who had taken his shirt off, and took him into custody, said Schatz.
The victim was not struck by the knife. However, police said they had probable cause to charge the suspect with assault with a deadly weapon because witness accounts said that the suspect took an aggressive stance and was close enough to cut or stab the victim with the knife.
Both parties refused medical treatment, said Schatz.
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Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
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