Sword-Wielding Man Terrorizes Driver in Road Rage Incident

OCALA, Fla.: An alleged road rage incident resulted in a Florida man being accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Gervacio Aranca Jr., a 65-year-old resident of Ocala, was also charged with damaging property and throwing a missile into a vehicle.

Based on information provided by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred near the 8000 block of SW Hwy 200 last Friday. Deputies responded to a report from the victim, who stated that he had been involved in a road rage confrontation with Aranca. The altercation began when Aranca revved his engine at a traffic light. When the victim tried to approach Aranca through his window, Aranca drove off.

As the two drivers continued down Highway 200, they exchanged heated words. At one point, Aranca allegedly threw an unknown object from his car, causing over $1,000 worth of damage to the victim’s vehicle. Deputies also noted a small dent and scratch on the victim’s car. According to the victim, the incident escalated even further when both parties pulled over, and Aranca emerged from his car wielding a sword. He reportedly attempted to stab the victim, who managed to evade the attack, retreat to his vehicle, and call 911 for a second time.

In a video captured by the victim, Aranca can be seen tossing an object at the victim’s car. Deputies were able to identify Aranca through the license plate on the vehicle in the footage. When authorities initially visited Aranca’s residence, he was absent. 

During a subsequent encounter with deputies, he claimed that the victim had initiated the road rage incident by side-swiping his vehicle. Aracana said he feared for his life because the victim had threatened him with a gun. Aranca’s wife refuted this claim, stating that she had not witnessed any firearm.

 According to the arrest affidavit, when asked why he didn’t call 911, Aranca responded that he didn’t need to because the victim had already advised he was calling 911.

Aranca refused to cooperate with law enforcement after being read his Miranda Rights. He was subsequently taken into custody and is currently being held at the Marion County Jail on a bond of $19,000.

Road rage incidents remain a persistent concern, highlighting the need for drivers to exercise patience and self-control. The consequences of such altercations can be severe, leading to property damage, injuries, and even loss of life. Law enforcement agencies continue to urge individuals to prioritize safety and de-escalation techniques when faced with aggressive drivers.