Two Arrested in Southern California Freeway Attack

In hindsight, Jerry Patterson said he probably should have called police instead of confronting three men on the 5 Freeway

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    Jerry Patterson shares his side of what happened on the 5 Freeway when he and three men engaged in a vicious roadside brawl. John Cadiz Klemack reports from East Los Angeles for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on June 20, 2012.

    Two men were arrested Wednesday night in connection with a confrontation on a Southern California freeway that was caught on video, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The fight occurred June 12 on the 5 Freeway near 7th Street. In the video, three men are seen arguing with another motorist before the physical confrontation.

    The video, captured by a passing driver, prompted an investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

    The suspects arrested were identified as Edras Ramirez, 27 and David Mendez, 21. They will be arraigned Friday, according to the CHP.

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    A video depicting a brawl on the I-5 Freeway was posted online and caught the attention of California Highway Patrol, which is now searching for the men caught on camera. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on June 19, 2012.

    They were arrested Wednesday night after voluntarily coming to the CHP office in Hollywood. After an interview, both men were arrested and booked at Men's Central Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

    Jerry Patterson, the man seen in the video wearing a red shirt, told NBC4 the confrontation began after he accidentally cut off the two suspects on the 710 Freeway. They followed him onto the 5 Freeway before stopping in front of his vehicle, Patterson said.

    "In 20/20 hindsight, I probably should have called the police," said Patterson, who told NBC4 he suffered a concussion. "I'm just not that kind of person. I didn't think in my wildest dreams it would escalate to where it went to. ... It was just a fight. You win some, you lose some. ... I don't remember much of that."

    In the video, two men can be seen throwing Patterson, a father of three, to the ground before kicking him in the head. The victim appeared unresponsive as two motorists approached him on the side of the freeway.

    Mendez's bail amount was set at $60,000. Ramirez already posted bond, according to jail records.

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