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Police seek suspect after father, son assaulted during road rage incident

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Posted at 6:18 PM, Aug 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-23 20:18:28-04

OGDEN, Utah – A Brigham City man and his son were out celebrating a birthday when they were attacked in what police are calling a case of road rage.

The victims said they were on their way to a celebratory meal last Saturday when the incident began.

Ogden Police Department officials said Friday they have obtained surveillance footage from the incident, and they said they feel confident about catching the man who assaulted Wesley and Robert Hughes.

Wesley Hughes said the attack began at a traffic light.

"As soon as the light turned green, he put his truck up against the back of our car and started pushing us around the bend,” he said.

Robert Hughes was driving, and he said he reacted by doing what he’d learned to do.

“So that’s when he rammed us, and all I remember from that is being told to slow down when someone is tailgating you, so I did,” he said. “That’s when he rammed us more.”

The pair were celebrating Wesley’s birthday and were on their way out for a special meal. Robert Hughes said he turned into a Carl’s Jr. parking lot, but their assailant followed.

“I was standing right next to my door, didn't say a word,” Wesley Hughes said. “He walked up to me, and without saying nothing, slugged me in my left temple. I went out. I hit the ground. He jumped on top and started hitting me, according to my son."

Robert Hughes said he went to his father’s defense.

"I got angry and ran around the car and that's when I got him off my dad,” he said. “Me and him started swinging at each other at first, and then I got dragged to the front after he hit me in the neck."

Robert Hughes said the suspect kicked him in the ribs with steel toed boots, which is when some Carl’s Jr. employees came outside and told the suspect they would call the police. The man fled in his truck.

The suspect is described as a large white male, who is bald. He had a blond beard and is about 6-feet 1-inch tall. The man was driving a blue truck, and at the time of the attack he was wearing a Dish Network T-shirt and a baseball cap.

Ogden police ask anyone with information about the suspect or the incident to contact them at 801-395-8221.