Driver stabbed in I-4 road rage incident in Osceola

Deputies search for suspect


DAVENPORT, Fla. – Osceola County sheriff's detectives are seeking the public's help in finding a man who stabbed another driver in a road rage incident on Interstate 4.

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The attack happened around 7 p.m. Monday at a 7-Eleven at 8201 Champions Gate Blvd. in Davenport.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the 7-Eleven and spoke with a 65-year-old man who said he had been stabbed in an argument over a traffic incident.

The victim said he was heading home on I-4 near World Drive when a man driving a small, red or maroon SUV, possibly a Kia or Hyundai, cut him off in traffic, according to deputies.

The victim said he flashed his high beams and the suspect followed him off the exit to the 7-Eleven, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The victim said he parked on the side of 7-Eleven and got out of the car and began arguing with the other driver, according to deputies.

The argument escalated into a fight. Deputies said the victim would later notice he'd been stabbed.

In a 911 call released Wednesday, a store clerk said," I have a stabbing victim. ... He came into my store telling me he's been stabbed, and he is bloody.  Oh, my God."

The driver was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. He remained hospitalized Tuesday, according to the Sheriff's Office.

"I think that poor soul, 65 years old. He doesn't deserve that, he made a mistake," said driver Suzanne Freeman.

The suspect, who fled the scene, was described as a white or Hispanic man in his 30s with short hair. A composite sketch may be released as early as Wednesday, officials said. Detectives hope to speak with the victim and come up with a composite sketch.

The stabbing was not captured by video at the 7-Eleven, deputies said.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Osceola County Sheriff's Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.