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Road rage suspect caught in Florida

August 17, 2018

The suspect wanted for involuntary manslaughter related to a road rage incident on U.S. 30 was arrested Thursday in the Panama City, Florida, area, Fort Wayne police said today.

A witness said he saw 27-year-old Brandon M. Cook punch Orlando Fernandez, 60, in the face last week, leaving him bloodied along the side of a busy Fort Wayne highway.

Cook then got into a gold 2003 Dodge Ram pickup and drove east on U.S. 30. He would later write on Facebook that he “taught a lesson” to another driver.

The allegations are included in court documents filed Monday in Allen Superior Court that charged Cook with involuntary manslaughter. Fernandez died of heart failure after he was beaten and his death was ruled a homicide by the Allen County coroner’s office.

Police say Fernandez was driving a black 2014 Ford Mustang about 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday when Cook merged into a lane behind him. The witness said he saw Cook’s truck hit its brakes twice and then move to the driver’s side of the Mustang and stop, according to a probable cause affidavit.

No additional details about Cook’s capture were available this morning.

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