A 5-year-old boy looked on as his father was stabbed outside a San Jose home Thursday night in a violent ending to what police said might have started as a road rage incident.
A 21-year-old man was arrested in front of his own home for allegedly stabbing the 36-year-old father, a San Jose police spokesman said Friday.
Travis David Painter, of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and booked into Santa Clara County Jail, police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said.
Authorities said the stabbing victim, who police are not identifying, followed Painter back to his home. Once there, both drivers started fighting.
Officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 6200 block of Mojave Drive around 7:10 p.m., Garcia said. When they arrived, police found a man stabbed multiple times. A preliminary investigation showed that prior to the stabbing the victim and Painter ended up in a dispute as they were driving, Garcia said. The victim allegedly followed Painter to his home on Mojave Drive, where they left their cars and fought with one another, the spokesman said.
During the altercation, Painter allegedly stabbed the victim multiple times, according to Garcia. After being stabbed, the victim went back to his car where his 5-year-old son was by himself; the suspect is accused of continuing to stab him while the child watched, Garcia said.
At some point, Painter's father stepped out of the home and told his son to stop the stabbing, according to Garcia. The 21-year-old then entered his home while the bleeding victim was left on the street, Garcia said.
Painter's mother called police and the victim was transported to a hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening, according to Garcia.
Jail officials said Painter posted bail and was released.
Neighbor Betty Paul called the incident "horrifying."
"A road rage incident is tragic because so many innocent people can be harmed by someone else's rage," Paul said. "But to bring it into our neighborhood, which is really a very nice neighborhood...it's kind of scary."
Bay City News contributed information to this report.