'Road rage' freeway brawl: Victim arrested on warrant
The victim in an alleged road rage incident that was captured on videotape was arrested Thursday on a warrant stemming from a separate road rage incident.
Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Massacani confirmed that Jerry Patterson, 49, of Palmdale had been arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court on the charges stemming from the earlier incident.
Patterson allegedly assaulted a witness who followed him after a hit-and-run collision at Corona Avenue and The Toledo in Long Beach on May 25. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, non-injury hit-and-run and battery.
Two men were arrested this week in connection with the second road rage incident in which Patterson was the alleged victim.
A passing motorist's cellphone video showed Patterson and the three other men involved in what began as a one-on-one fistfight on the northbound side of the 5 Freeway at 7th Street on June 12.
By the end of the fight, two of the men are shown kicking Patterson as he lay sprawled on the ground.
Edras Ramirez, 27, and David Mendez, 21, turned themselves in Wednesday about 7:30 p.m., said CHP Officer Chris Baldonado.
The men were arrested on suspicion of assault and taken to Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Inmate records indicate Mendez was being held on $60,000 bail and was due in court Friday. Ramirez was scheduled to appear in court next month.
Baldonado said the investigation of the incident was ongoing, but "all parties have been accounted for." A third man seen in video of the incident with the alleged suspects is not being pursued, Baldonado said.
-- Abby Sewell and Matt Stevens