Two men were charged Monday in connection with an attack on Jerry Patterson in a 5 Freeway road-rage confrontation that was caught on camera.
David Mendez, 21, and Edras A. Ramirez, 27, are both charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon (a foot), and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.
Mendez and Ramirez allegedly attacked the 49-year-old man on June 12, after Patterson admittedly cut off the men on the 710 Freeway by accident. Patterson was allegedly followed by the two men onto the 5 Freeway where he pulled over his vehicle north of Marietta Street.
The three men began fighting and while Patterson was lying on the ground, Mendez and Ramirez kicked him in the head and fled the scene, according to video of the incident posted online.
Patterson was arrested June 22 on an outstanding warrant stemming from a separate roadside incident on May 25 when Patterson allegedly crashed into another vehicle at Corona Avenue and The Toledo in Long Beach and then fled, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Witness James Poole followed and confronted Patterson at the time. Pool said he demanded Patterson’s driver license and as he was looking it over, Patterson allegedly hit him.
Mendez and Ramirez were arrested June 20 and released on $60,000 bail. Both are set to be arraigned on July 13 at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The men face up to seven years in state prison if convicted.