A Jefferson City man has been charged in connection with a road rage incident Tuesday night that ended in a stabbing.
Riley Elgin, 28, is charged with felony first-degree assault and armed criminal action.
According to Jefferson City Police Department reports, a call received at 7:31 p.m. indicated an assault had occurred in the 200 block of Vista Road.
Responding officers located a 24-year-old male suffering from a stab wound to the chest. The victim was coherent and able to speak with officers and was later transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
The initial investigation determined a disturbance occurred after a road rage incident near West Main Street and Dix Road.
A JCPD probable cause statement states the victim told investigators he was a passenger in a vehicle that left a nearby business and encountered another vehicle following them closely and erratically.
The two vehicles stopped in the middle of Vista and once stopped the victim got out of his vehicle and was reportedly confronted by Elgin. That's when the victim claimed he was stabbed by Elgin. The victim also said the attack was unprovoked but later allegedly admitted to assaulting Elgin in self-defense.
Officers were able to contact several witnesses who reportedly confirmed the victim's statements. Two witnesses told investigators they heard, "I'll cut you b---h," before the assault occurred. Many witnesses had also taken photos and videos of the incident which included and image of Elgin and his vehicle.
Officers went to Elgin's residence on West McCarty Street, and they allegedly found him in a garage and covered in blood.
Authorities obtained a search warrant for Elgin's residence where they reportedly found blood from the interior and exterior of Elgin's vehicle.
Elgin was transported to the police station for an interview where he allegedly admitted his involvement in the disturbance and said he was assaulted as well. Authorities said Elgin at first didn't mention a knife was involved, but when they showed him photographs of the incident taken by witnesses he admitted a knife was involved.
Elgin told investigators both vehicles were stopped following the road-rage incident. He had parked his truck in the middle of Vista, got out and took a knife out from his pocket. Elgin allegedly admitted to walking toward the vehicle and a fight ensued, but claimed he didn't remember stabbing the victim. He said after the fight he drove home expecting police would eventually find him.
Authorities said Elgin did not know the victim.