Driver, 72, beaten during road-rage incident in Peoria

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Peoria police are trying to locate a suspect who reportedly kicked and punched a 72-year-old man during a road-rage argument.

Police said the aggravated assault happened while the victim was stopped in traffic near Thunderbird Road and Boswell Boulevard at approximately 7:15 p.m. on April 4.

Lt. Stephen Hadley said a man got out of a gray four-door vehicle and ran up to the victim's car. The suspect reportedly pulled the victim, George Ray, from his vehicle while beating him.

Ray suffered two brain bleeds and was admitted to the intensive care unit at a local hospital.

The suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 30 years old and approximately 6 feet tall. He was wearing tan shorts and a light shirt. He possibly had a light beard or goatee.

Hadley said the suspect vehicle was driven by a woman.

A suspicious 911 call was received shortly after the incident with details of the beating and questions regarding the welfare of the victim. Police would like to talk to this individual. 

Anyone with information regarding the assault, or the identity of the 911 caller, is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.