Man arrested after machete road rage incident

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 2:02 PM

Alison Gene Smith

TWIN FALLS, Idaho --A Shoshone man is behind bars after allegedly threatening another man with a machete in the Twin Falls Walmart parking lot late Wednesday night.

Police say the victim called 911 after leaving the scene. According to a police report, the victim said he accidentally cut off another man, later identified as Richard Stromberg, 43, while driving south on North Washington Street and turning into the Walmart parking lot at about 11:30 p.m., Wednesday.

Stromberg began honking his horn while the two drove into the parking lot, the report states.

"(The victim) stated that this subject approached his vehicle with the machete in his hand, pointed it at him, and told him, ’You don’t know who are you (explicative) with,’" the report states.

According to the report, the victim then drove away, watched Stromberg put the machete in the trailer he was hauling, and called police.

Officers arrived to find the vehicle described by the victim, and they saw Stromberg leaving the store. While talking with police, Stromberg allegedly asked "if it was about the guy that cut him off."

According to the report, officers put Stromberg in handcuffs because they were concerned he might have another weapon.

"I asked Stromberg why he felt it was necessary to confront (the victim) with a weapon and he told me that he believed it was common for individuals to arm themselves when in a confrontation," an officer wrote in the police report.

According to the report, Stromberg told police he never saw the victim with a weapon and told another officer he had a black belt in jujitsu.

After the interview, police found the machete, which was about 24 inches long with one sharp side and one serrated side, in the trailer, the report states.

Stromberg was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and held in the Twin Falls County jail on a $20,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 20.


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