Two men in a Jeep were injured during an altercation with knife-wielding man in another car Sunday night in Sarasota, deputies said.
The incident, on the 4700 block of Bee Ridge Road, was precipitated by comments made by the Jeep’s passenger, a 19-year-old Sarasota man, to a female in a faded red Nissan, deputies said.
A male occupant in the Nissan threw items at the Jeep in response, and both vehicles subsequently pulled over about 10:30 p.m., deputies said.
“A confrontation took place during which the male in the Nissan was armed with a knife, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The Jeep passenger received a superficial cut on his back that is suspected to have been caused by the knife, deputies said.
The male with the knife got back into the Nissan as the Jeep’s driver, a 31-year-old Bradenton man, stood in front of the Nissan in an attempt to prevent it from leaving, deputies said.
The man was struck by the Nissan and subsequently stabbed in the hand as he grabbed the passenger side of the vehicle, deputies said. The man fell and sustained an injury to his back, and the Nissan left the scene, deputies said.
The conditions of the men was not available.
The sheriff’s office previously said it may be a case of road rage, but later said that was not the case.
The sheriff’s office is looking for the Nissan and attempting to identify the occupants.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 861-4900.