Driver assaults driver after two-car collision

January 08, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 44-year-old man was knocked down, beaten and threatened with a tire iron after his car was struck from behind by a second car on Route 97 about two miles south of Liberty Road Tuesday night.

David J. Iacono, of Westminster, told state police that after his car was hit near Trixam Road, he stopped to exchange insurance information.

But the other driver grabbed him and knocked him to the ground.

Mr. Iacono said the man jumped on him, shouting, "You're a Jew, aren't you? You're a Jew! You're a Jew!"

The victim told police he was struck in the nose, hit in the eye and threatened with the tire iron. His assailant demanded money from him before he was able to get to his feet and escape, the victim reported.

Someone called state police, who found Mr. Iacono nearby and the other driver examining the damage to his car.

Police identified the other driver as James Craddock, 32, of Montgomery County. They said he exhibited poor balance and was glassy-eyed, so he was taken to the Westminster barracks and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Additional charges of attempted armed robbery, battery, false imprisonment and racial/religious harassment also were placed against the Olney resident. He was held at the Carroll Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

Mr. Iacono was taken to Carroll County General Hospital for treatment of a swollen nose and other facial injuries.

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