John Garcia and Samantha Candelario of Plantation, Florida were arrested Thursday after a road rage incident with Joseph Laban involving an intentional car crash and a sledgehammer, news sources report. Garcia, 21, and Candelario, 19, were each booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of aggravated assault. Reports did not say whether the duo qualified for bail bond. It is similarly unclear whether the defendants had hired lawyers.
According to reports, the incident occurred around 12:00 on Tuesday afternoon in Coral Springs, at the intersection of North Marcano Boulevard and University Drive. While the exact details of the case are not currently available, Garcia and his passenger Candelario were driving near Laban. Garcia’s white Honda kept in close proximity of Laban’s red Lexus as they travelled, and a quarrel reportedly erupted.
When traffic stopped, Laban and Garcia exited their vehicles and started to brawl, sources say. At some point during the fight, Garcia returned to his Honda, retrieved a sledgehammer, and started towards Laban, according to the press. The brawl continued and Laban reportedly disarmed Garcia. Candelario allegedly participated by moving to the driver’s seat of the Honda and accelerating into the side of Laban’s Lexus.
All three parties eventually returned to their vehicles, but continued to act aggressively toward each other while driving, sources say. Authorities caught up to the cars on South University Drive, near State Road 84. Reports said no one was injured in the fight.
A detective later found a sledgehammer laying on a grassy median near the scene of the brawl. The damage to the vehicles was documented in photos as evidence. It is too early to tell how much the damage to the vehicles will cost. It is also not yet known whether Laban will be charged for his role in the altercation.
Candelario and Garcia were not the only Broward County residents arrested after a road rage dispute recently. Back in July, Fort Lauderdale resident Jon Hunter allegedly hit a car belonging to driver John Horton on purpose, sources report. Hunter, 48, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, driving with an expired tag, and driving under the influence. He apparently bonded out of jail on $6,500. An update on the case is not available.
Reports say the road rage altercation took place on a July Saturday on interstate 95. Both Hunter and Horton were apparently southbound on the highway when Hunter allegedly “almost cause a crash” by swerving across three lanes. Hunter and 33-year-old Horton exited I-95 at the West Atlantic Boulevard exit and pulled up to one another at a red light.
Horton and Hunter apparently began a shouting match at the light, sparked by Hunter’s alleged erratic driving on the expressway. The two cars proceeded to another red light, where Hunter was in front of Horton’s car. Sources allege Hunter shifted into reverse and backed into Horton; he allegedly “continued to accelerate to push the victim’s vehicle backward” before fleeing the scene. Hunter was subsequently arrested.