Lakeville police seek help in finding alleged road rage suspect

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Lakeville police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man allegedly involved in a reported road rage assault.

Police said, via a Facebook post, that the incident happened on Oct. 27 at about 2 p.m. Officials said the encounter began on Interstate 35W with the suspect following the victim off at County Road 70 and then into the parking lot of the store.

Investigators feel based on their investigations and interviews that the suspect allegedly thought he had been cut-off by the victim on the interstate.

"When we got out of the car he came up and started yelling at us and wanting to fight and whatnot… he just wouldn’t stop,” said Mark Henderson, road rage victim.

Henderson said doctors need to use a rod to repair his shattered leg after the attack.

The victim said he blacked out at some point before coming to the ground, not able to move his lower body and needing to pull himself with his arms across the parking to find his cellphone to call for help.

"It’s been terrible how bad the injury was and then how it’s affected our family," Henderson said.

Police described the man reportedly involved in the incident as being in his late 40s to 50s; roughly 6 feet tall; and having short, sandy and grey hair. He was wearing a green jacket with writing on the lefthand side, at the time.

The man was seen driving a grey Jeep Grand Cherokee, possibly a Limited or Overland type, of a 2015-18 model year, police said.

"Road rage isn’t unique, we are seeing a lot of that all around," Lt. Bill Gerl, with the Lakeville Police Department, said. "For it to escalate to physical confrontation is unique; normally drivers exchange hand gestures and that’s all it probably amounts to, but to have someone to follow you into a business parking lot, and then to confront you and want to physically get into an altercation, it’s unusual, it’s disturbing."

Anyone with any information is asked to call 952-985-2800 and ask for Detective Frame.

KSTP Reporter Eric Chaloux is working to gather more information about this incident. Stay with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS and for updates.