Driver uses pen to stab man in head – Potomac News Online

An extended bout of road rage on the Prince William Parkway on Thursday morning led to one man stabbing another in the head with a pen, Prince William County police said Friday.

Alton Cook, of 9836 Maury Lane in Manassas, has been charged with malicious wounding, a felony punishable up to 20 years in prison, for bloodying a man in front of the Ridgewood Center, said Master Detective Dennis Mangan, Prince William Police spokesman.

The victim, who is in his late 20s and whose name has not been released, was not hurt seriously and did not request medical attention, Mangan said.

“The two men were both driving down the Parkway, cutting each other off and tailgating, when they pulled over into the Ridgewood parking lot,” Mangan said. “They were shouting at each other when [Cook] approached the victim and stabbed him in the head.”

Police arrived shortly afterward at the professional center located less than a mile east of the McCoart Administration Center in Woodbridge and arrested Cook at the scene of the incident, Mangan said.

“This is pretty rare,” he added. “Road rage is not any worse here than anywhere else in the area. This kind of thing probably happens more out on the interstate.”

Cook, 26, was released on $2,000 bond and faces a March 12 court date.

Staff writer Adam H. Beasley can be reached at (703) 878-8065.

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