Investigators were looking for a man who beat a father with a baton in a fit of road rage Wednesday morning in Orange County.
Daniel Christensen, 36, of Buena Park, was on his morning commute in Stanton when another driver got angry at him for rear-ending his car.
"He stated, you hit my car," Christensen told NBC4. "Whoop! Pulls out the baton...bam, just starts hitting me."
At 7 a.m., the two drivers were traveling southbound on Beach Boulevard between Chapman and Lampson avenues when a BMW 550 cut off Christensen in his blue Honda Element, according to Lt. Lane Lagaret of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Christensen honked and refused to pull over when the other driver told him to, Lagaret said. The driver pulled in front and slammed on his brakes, causing Christensen to rear-end his BMW.
The man then got out of his car and started beating Christensen with a baton, or a pipe-like object, Lagaret said.
"This was all in the middle of Beach Boulevard," said Christensen, who had bumps, bruises and had to get stitches after the attack.
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Surveillance cameras show Christensen's Honda pulling into a nearby gas station to get help.
Christensen's injuries ended up being non-life threatening. He could only think about his 6-year-old daughter.
"She's the only reason in my head why I didn't do anything," he said. "I'm not afraid to fight the guy, but what's the point? Violence begets violence. That's all it does. It solves nothing."
Police have only a vague description of the attacker, but they are searching for the black BMW.
"To the public, I say, watch out," Christensen said.