Sarasota Road Rage Stabbing : Police respond to texting-related road rage stabbing

Sarasota Road Rage Stabbing : Police respond to texting-related road rage stabbing

Sarasota Police are investigating a road rage stabbing that happened just before 3 p.m. on Thursday near the intersection of Bee Ridge Road and U.S. 41 (S. Tamiami Trail) in Sarasota.

It started at the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and Bee Ridge Road where the two drivers exchanged words, according to the Sarasota Police Department.

They then drove to a nearby parking lot, got out of their cars and began to trade punches, police said.

One of the men had a knife and stabbed the other man in the face, according to a media release.

The suspect is in custody, the department said.

Witnesses said the two men were arguing over texting.

“All I heard was the part about you shouldn’t be texting,” said witness Pam Curtin. “I heard a lot of profanity going on. Very loud, very animated.”

“Each got out of the cars and confronted each other. Then, it was, ‘are you going to knock me out? Try to knock me out,’ ” said witness Natalie Brown.

Police say flying words quickly turned to flying fists.

“Next thing you know they’re pushing each other, they fell on the ground were hammering each other, so I called police,” Brown said.

That’s when police say things really went south. Officials say the man from the white Mercedes pulled out a knife and started slashing the victim in the face.

The victim was flown to the hospital via Bayflight, the Sarasota Police Department tweeted. The suspect was also taken to the hospital with injuries from the fight.

Police have not released either man’s name.