Man allegedly threatened driver with a knife in road rage incident, police investigating

A bystander caught part of a road rage incident on Broadway and Alamitos Avenue on video after a man allegedly brandished a knife at two other men during a heated exchange Monday evening.

According to the video, posted on YouTube by a user named Greg, the incident started around 6:49 p.m. The witness wrote in the video that he heard yelling and saw the suspect open his car door and point the knife at the people in the other car.

“Seemed to be explicitly threatening them,” he said. “They did not reciprocate the threats in any way.”

Greg said he started to record the video right as the suspect was getting back in his dark-colored minivan.

In the video, the man can be seen yelling at the other two men in the silver Jeep, and appears to show the large knife to the men and lick it before putting it down. The driver in the silver Jeep opens his door and appears to attempt to get out before the passenger stops him.

The driver in the minivan drove away and the men in the Jeep pulled over to get the video from the witness, according to the video.

The minivan driver is then shown approaching the witness on foot, saying “You think you can get away from me before I take that phone from from you?” then walks away.

Long Beach police are investigating the incident that was first reported to them as reckless driving shortly after 7 p.m., police spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said. Officers initially couldn’t find anyone involved in the incident, but a victim later contacted officers at 7:25 p.m. to report the incident.

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect brandished a knife at the victims during a road rage incident near the intersection, she said, but no injuries have been reported.


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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.