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Troutdale man clubbed in road rage incident

A Troutdale father who had his infant child in the back seat of his car was the victim of a road-rage incident Thursday, March 15.

The victim told police that the driver of another car cut him off and then hit him and his car several times with a club. Police are investigating the case as felony assault.

Around 6 p.m., the victim was riding in the car as his wife drove up to a northbound stoplight on Northeast Kane Road in Gresham. A green Honda Accord stopped next to them at the light. When the light turned green, the Accord's driver sped off 'as if he wanted to race,' a police report says.

Both vehicles stopped next to each other again at a traffic light at the intersection of 257th Drive and Hensley Road in Troutdale. The victims were on the Honda's right side and wanted to turn left off 257th onto Cherry Park Road, in front of Reynolds High School.

But the Honda's driver cut them off, they told police, preventing them from making the turn.

Both cars stopped at the Cherry Park stoplight at 257th.

The suspect got out, walked over to the victim's car and opened the door where he was sitting. The suspect then repeatedly struck the victim and his car with a club.

With the victim's infant in a car seat in the backseat, the suspect yelled, 'I'm going to get you, get out of the car; I'm going to kill you,' the police report says.

The victim, who suffered a large welt on his forearm, was able to grab the club away from the man, who drove away on 257th Avenue.

The victims followed to try to get the suspect's license plate number. But the number didn't match the vehicle's description, the report says.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic male, between the ages of 21 and 26, 5-foot-6, 140 to 150 pounds, with short, almost shaved hair.

He was wearing a gray and black shirt and dark-blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the case can call Troutdale police at 503-665-5175.

Reporter Chad Abraham can be reached at cabra

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