Police were unaware of the incident until a video of the beating was posted on YouTube and went viral. The California Highway Patrol are seeking the suspects as well as witnesses.
The incident took place on the afternoon of June 12 on the I-5 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles. But as reported by Fox News, police say they have no record of the beating having occurred. Although someone eventually called 911, everyone had left the scene by the time police arrived. Police only learned of the road rage attack after the video was posted on YouTube and went viral. By Tuesday, it had been viewed more than 100,000 times.
The video shows the victim throwing the first punch. He ended up fighting two men, being taken to the ground, and then punched and kicked in the head. After the fight, when people go to his aid, he appears to be unconscious.
Yesterday, the California Highway Patrol held a press conference seeking the suspects, the victim, and witnesses. Sgt. Denise Joslin, is quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying, At this point in time, we are seeking the public's assistance in not only identifying and speaking with the individuals involved in the incident, but we would also like to speak to any witnesses who may have seen this incident, videotaped this incident, and/or have any information that would assist us in furthering our investigation.
While police say they do not have the name of the victim, some media outlets are reporting he is Jerry Patterson, a mortgage consultant. CBS News reports Patterson told KCAL, "I made a simple driving mistake and cut them off unintentionally, and it just escalated from there."
Patterson added he felt he didn't have a choice; either get beaten in his car or get out and fight. He says he remembers the initial fight but not being punched and kicked. Patterson claims to have suffered a concussion.
NBC 4 identifies the person who took the video as Emeal Age. Age said, "I didn't want to jeopardize what I have going on in my life for something like that, so I just made the best decision and all I could do was get it on camera for him."
While the California Highway Patrol believe the beating did occur, they are considering the possibility the incident was a hoax, staged for the camera.