'Who Does That?' Minivan Driver Appears to Lick Knife During Long Beach Road Rage Encounter - NBC Southern California

'Who Does That?' Minivan Driver Appears to Lick Knife During Long Beach Road Rage Encounter

The strange road rage encounter began after one driver cut off another



    Man Pulls Out Large Knife During Road Rage Incident

    A road rage incident takes a bizarre turn when a man pulls out a large knife. Hetty Chang reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on June 25, 2019. (Published Wednesday, June 26, 2019)

    A road rage face-off took a bizarre turn when a minivan driver appeared to lick a large knife as he glared at the occupants in a SUV next to him in Long Beach.

    One of the drivers cut off the other, which was not recorded, but the aftermath was caught on camera by a quick-thinking witness who watched in disbelief.

    "He started pointing the knife at them and yelling at them," said Greg Danner, the witness who caught the encounter on his phone.

    The driver in the dark minivan can be seen getting out of his vehicle and waving a knife. Then, after he returns to his vehicle, he again brandishes the knife and appears to lick it while looking at the people in the other vehicle.

    "Who does that? It was a huge Ka-Bar," Rickease Williams, who was the driver of the jeep, said. "He was just gallantly waving it around."

    A Ka-Bar is a common name for a combat knife Williams immediately recognized.

    "You do not pull--I repeat--you do not pull a weapon on a Marine, especially a disabled veteran," Williams said emphatically.

    Williams, who said he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, was dropping off a friend at the airport. The knife-wielding driver cut them off, leading to the standoff, he said.

    "He went up a little further and braked again," Williams said. "So I'm like, 'I'm not playing these games with you.'"

    The encounter doesn't stop there. Williams pulled over to get the cell phone video from that witness, who continued to record as the knife-wielding driver threatened to take his phone.

    Williams' message to the driver?

    "You could have hurt somebody. Just wave your sorry and go about your day. That's what normal Long Beach people do."

    The  knife-wielding driver appeared to have out of state plates, and Williams said he filed a police report.

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