Milan police: Man followed, stabbed another driver on US-23

Published On: Mar 15 2014 11:43:16 AM EDT
Updated On: Mar 18 2014 08:51:01 PM EDT

The suspect's vehicle is reportedly similar to the vehicle pictured above, except a two-door and possibly a hatchback.

MILAN, Mich. -

(Police in Milan are searching for a driver who they say stabbed another driver after tailgating and following him Friday night on southbound US-23 near Willis Road.

The victim, who is in his early 20s, had pulled over to let the driver of a small car pass him on the highway. The vehicle had been tailgating him in the right lane. Despite slowing down to let the car pass, the driver kept tailgating him, police say.

The victim exited the highway at Carpenter Road and turned right, but the man kept following. When the victim pulled into a driveway, the man followed closely behind.

At that point, the man, who police are calling a stabbing suspect, exited his vehicle and approached the victim's Chevrolet Tahoe. The victim exited his SUV and a confrontation between him and the other driver began. According to police, the suspect began punching the victim in his side and abdomen. A passenger in the victim's car, also a man in his early 20s, saw the fight, got out of the SUV and began punching the suspect in his face to try to get him away from the victim.

That's when the suspect backed away and pulled out a pocket knife. He asked the passenger if he "wanted some of this," police say.

Both the victim and his passenger ran back to the SUV and fled the area. While driving away, the driver noticed a small puncture wound in his abdominal area. They called for help and the driver was treated before he was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said there was no evidence of intoxication on either or their parts.

The suspect fled in his vehicle north on Dexter Street and was last seen near the US-23 overpass.

Suspect vehicle description:

The stabbing suspect's vehicle is described as a two-door, compact burgundy or red Kia model vehicle. The suspect's vehicle is reportedly similar to the vehicle pictured above, except with two doors and possibly a hatchback.

Suspect description:

The suspect is described as a 50-year-old white man about 5 feet 7 inches tall and heavyset, with black scruffy hair, a scruffy beard, wearing blue jeans, and a black and flannel short sleeved shirt. The suspect may have facial injuries from when the passenger punched him during the initial assault. He was described as smelling of intoxicants and possibly intoxicated.

Description of weapon:

The weapon is described as a black folding, pocket-type knife.

Anyone with information on this attack or the suspect and the vehicle described is asked to contact the Milan Police Department at 734-439-1551.

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