• Deputies searching for man who wielded box cutter in St. Johns County road rage incident

    By: Lorena Inclan , Action News Jax


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A road rage incident in St. Augustine led to a man taking out a box cutter and threatening people with it.

    That's what the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said happened at a Circle K gas station on U.S. 1 in St. Augustine on Oct. 11.

    Deputies posted surveillance photos Thursday of the suspect and the car he may be driving.

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    While neighbor Jim Cole hadn't heard of the incident, he said he's been the victim of road rage too.

    "It happens to me all the time 'cause I don't drive fast enough," Cole said.

    The victim told deputies he was driving on U.S. 1 when he almost hit a car. He then pulled into the gas station and a red car pulled in behind him. That's when the victim said a "skinny white man with tattoos" started cursing at him and even followed him to the front of the store where he "pulled a box blade and put it in his face."

    We spoke to local bicyclist Michael Garmont, who said he's not surprised that happened.

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    "People, they're unpredictable, and sometimes they just do things that they don't mean to do. Road rage is one of those things," said Garmont.

    The surveillance video wasn't clear enough to get a make and model of the suspect's car, but witnesses believe it was a red Nissan, possibly a Sentra.

    Cole said he lives by a mantra that those on the roadways should keep in mind.

    "If you're important, you don't have to rush," Cole said. 

    Under the law, this crime is considered an aggravated assault, so if this man is caught, he could face a serious charge. 

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