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Authorities: Road rage incident ends with attempted stabbing

June 7, 2019

SOUTH WHITEHALL, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man involved in a road rage incident tried to stab another man before an armed bystander held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

The incident started Wednesday afternoon in Allentown.

Authorities say 18-year-old Matthew Gavilanes, of Allentown, followed a vehicle driven by a 47-year-old man for several miles until the older man pulled into a shopping center in South Whitehall. A verbal argument ensued but soon turned physical, and authorities say Gavilanes grabbed a knife from his vehicle and repeatedly tried to stab the older man.

The victim fended off the attacks and held Gavilanes down until a bystander lawfully carrying a weapon held Gavilanes at gunpoint.

Gavilanes was charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats and driving with a suspended license. It’s not known if he’s retained an attorney.

Both men suffered minor injuries.

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