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Road rage freeway brawl: Two men arrested on suspicion of assault

June 21, 2012 |  9:26 am

Two men were in custody Thursday in connection with a road rage freeway beating caught on video, the California Highway Patrol said.

Edras Ramirez, 27, and David Mendez, 21, turned themselves in Wednesday around 7:30 p.m., said CHP Officer Chris Baldonado.

The men were arrested on suspicion of assault and taken to Men's Central Jail. 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.

A passing motorist's cellphone video shows Jerry 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 early in the afternoon of June 12.

By the end of the fight, two of the men are shown kicking Patterson as he lay sprawled on the ground.

In an interview with KTLA News, Patterson said his attackers followed him from Long Beach to Boyle Heights after he accidentally cut them off.

"From that point, they followed me, throwing things at the car, insults out the window," Patterson told KTLA-TV. "I'm like, 'Man, come on, I'm sorry.' "

After merging onto Interstate 5 from the 710 Freeway, Patterson said the men cut him off on the ramp, stopping him and every car behind him. The situation left him “trapped,” he said, so he stopped his car and got out to fight.

"I think anybody who lives in L.A. and drives in this traffic every day like I do for a living, it's like you kind of get [upset] sometimes at people," Patterson told KTLA "But there's a difference between getting mad at someone and trying to kick someone in the head when they're down.”


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-- Matt Stevens