Currituck sheriff probes stabbing after road rage incident


From staff reports

Sunday, July 15, 2018

CURRITUCK — The Currituck Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate an alleged road rage incident last week that ended with a man getting stabbed.

Currituck Sheriff Matt Beickert said his department was notified about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday of a two-vehicle accident that apparently led to an altercation and then the stabbing of a man in the North Point subdivision in Moyock. 

Beickert said Currituck deputies have determined that some type of incident occurred between two motorists on a Virginia roadway prior to an accident involving their vehicles. After the accident, both vehicles pulled into the Border Station, which is located in Currituck at the state line, where a verbal altercation involving the motorists ensued.    

One of the motorists, driving a van, left the Border Station parking lot and drove into the nearby North Point subdivision, Beickert said. The second motorist, along with another motorist not involved in the original incident, followed the van into the subdivision, he said.  

After the second motorist located the van on South Street, there was another altercation and one of those in the altercation was stabbed, Beickert said.

North Point residents helped the stabbing victim until deputies and emergency personnel arrived, he said. The motorist who was stabbed was transported to an area hospital, he said.

Beickert said the N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the two-vehicle collision while his department investigates the stabbing incident. He did not indicate whether any arrests had been made in the incident. 

Norfolk, Va.-based WAVY-TV identified the stabbing victim as Brandon Lee during an interview with Lee’s brother Robert Lee last week.

Robert Lee told WAVY the altercation with another motorist began after he tried to merge his truck into traffic on Va. Highway 168. According to Lee, another motorist made a sudden movement with his vehicle that forced him to have to accelerate to avoid crashing into a guard rail. Lee also claimed in the interview that the other motorist threw something at his truck.

Lee told WAVY he drove his truck in front of the other motorist, who was changing lanes. The other motorist then “started flipping us off, honking the horn and everything,” he told the TV station.

Lee said he wanted to get a photograph of the other motorist’s license plate, so he tailed the driver into the North Point residential area to a dead end.

“At that point, the man got out of the truck, flipping out, flailing and everything,” Lee said. “And my brother got out of the truck. The next thing you know, him and my brother are fighting, and my brother got stabbed.”

Lee told WAVY he didn’t see a knife in the other motorist’s hand until his brother began yelling “knife.”

“And my brother was bleeding everywhere on the ground,” Lee said. “I almost watched my brother die.”

He said if two people standing nearby hadn’t rendered aid, his brother would probably be dead right now.

Currituck Fire-EMS Chief Chip Melton said when emergency officials responded to the 100 block of South Street, they found a man in critical condition, suffering from multiple stab wounds. Melton said a Sentara Nightingale Air Ambulance team responded and transported the man to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Melton said the wounded man’s alleged assailant also complained at the scene of having suffered minor injuries. Melton said the man was subsequently transported to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City.

Citing patient confidentiality rules, Melton said he couldn’t release the names of either man involved in the incident. 

Dale Gauding, a spokesman for Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where Brandon Lee was airlifted following his stabbing, said on Friday that Lee was in fair condition.

District Attorney Andrew Womble, in an email on Friday morning, said he has been in contact with Beickert about the incident and the investigation is ongoing.

“Once his investigation is compete, I will make any necessary charging decisions,” Womble said.