MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Another road rage incident in Middle Tennessee frightened a woman who has already been the victim of a violent crime.
The woman slammed on her brake to avoid hitting a man’s vehicle in Murfreesboro before the road rage incident began.
It was supposed to be a quick trip to the store.
“[We were] just on our way back home from going out to get a pair of socks for school,” victim Dawn Jones said, who was in her car with her 13-year-old niece.
While driving down Thompson Lane Tuesday morning, she noticed an elderly man using a walker crossing the road in front of Siegel Elementary School and a car was stopped to let the man by.
Jones slammed on her brake.
“The other guy in the car had pulled right out in front of me where I had almost T-boned him,” she said.
That’s when Jones said the man’s girlfriend started yelling at her, and the vulgar language was even worse from him.
“Her boyfriend got out of the vehicle, came over to my window, and started yelling and cursing at me,” she told News 2.
The Murfreesboro woman decided it was best not to get out of her car.
“I rolled up my window and said whatever,” Jones noted.
Jones told News 2 she thought it was over when the angry man went back to his vehicle, but he got back out, this time waving a knife.
“He still cursed, still waved the knife around, slamming his head off my window, acting enraged,” she said. “There’s a smudge of his forehead and nose still on my window.”
About that time, two tree trimmers saw what was going on and tried to diffuse the situation.
The road-rage suspect allegedly went after them, too, with the knife.
“He told the older man he would gut him like a pig,” Jones said.
One of the tree trimmers grabbed a chainsaw and the man retreated, speeding off.
Jones said she was afraid of what could have happened next.
“It frightened me to the fact that if he would have broken my window,” she said. “I have my niece with me, so I was more fearful for her than myself.”
She has already been a victim of a violent crime, robbed by three masked men at a restaurant.
“In Virginia Beach, they came through the window of the establishment and held three of us at gunpoint to try and robbed the safe,” Jones recalls.
She is thankful this situation ended peacefully and has a message for people who get too angry behind the wheel.
“They should just think about their families, and maybe if the tables were turned, and then think about the families of the people you’re threatening and getting so angry at,” Jones said.
Jones was able to give police a good description of the suspect, and was able to get a tag number.
Police identified the driver and currently have a warrant for his arrest.