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'Road rage' freeway brawl: CHP seeks help finding suspects

June 20, 2012 |  8:42 am

The California Highway Patrol asked for the public's help Wednesday in finding three men caught on video fighting with another man on the side of Interstate 5 near downtown Los Angeles in an apparent case of road rage.

In a news conference Wednesday morning, Sgt. Denise Joslin said investigators were trying to identifythree parties that were involved in a confrontation on the side of the freeway.”

The fight occurred about 3:30 p.m. June 12 on the northbound freeway, just south of 7th Street, she said.

“At this point in time, we are seeking the public’s assistance in not only identifying and speaking with the individuals involved in the incident, but we would also like to speak to any witnesses who may have seen this incident, videotaped this incident and/or have any information that would assist us in furthering our investigation,” Joslin said. “We are in the early stages of this investigation.”

Cellphone video taken by a passing motorist and later posted online shows four men involved in what began as a one-on-one fist fight. Eventually three men ganged up on one victim, and by the end of the fight, two of the men are shown kicking the victim as he was sprawled on the ground.

CHP Officer Chris Baldonado said investigators have not identified any of the suspects or the victim and are unclear on what happened to the victim after the fight. He said the incident lasted about two minutes, and they have only the video and 911 calls to use as evidence at this time.

The suspects left in a Volkswagen with California license plate number 3UGW962, according to KTLA. The public is urged to call the Central Los Angeles CHP office with information at (213) 744-2331.


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