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Affidavit: Road confrontation in Northeast Austin turned violent

A violent confrontation in a daycare parking lot has resulted in a felony assault charge for a driver who Austin police say pulled a knife on another motorist, according to court documents.

Jose Edwin Ventura, 40, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after the encounter on Monday in the 13000 block of Dessau Road in Northeast Austin.

According to an arrest affidavit, two brothers were driving in their Honda to Dessau Road to buy furniture. The men told police they were driving slowly because they were using a cell phone for navigation. They said they then noticed that the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta traveling behind them was honking his horn.

The two men in the Honda arrived at their destination and the driver of the Jetta parked next to them. The driver and the Jetta’s passenger “exited their vehicle and began to curse” at the two other men, the affidavit said.

One of the two men in the Honda “tried to keep the peace by calming everyone down,” according to the affidavit. The men told police they eventually bought the furniture, packed the pieces in their car and tried to head home, but the driver of the Jetta blocked their path and forced them to park in a nearby lot at Capital City Kids Daycare.

According to the affidavit, the Jetta’s driver got out of his car and grabbed one man in the Honda by the throat and tried to pull him from the vehicle. The Jetta’s passenger – who police later identified as Ventura – got out, opened one of the Honda’s doors, grabbed the other man by the throat and pulled a kitchen knife with a black handle from his pants pocket, the affidavit said.

The man told police that Ventura tried to stab him in the abdomen but that he blocked the knife with his left hand. Ventura then gave the knife to the Jetta’s driver, who then drove away, the affidavit said.

Police soon arrived to find Ventura still at the scene and the wounded man bleeding heavily, the affidavit said. The man was taken to a hospital and received three stitches.

According to the affidavit, officers went to the driver’s home a block away, where they found the Jetta and, inside the vehicle, a kitchen knife with blood on the blade.

As of Wednesday, Ventura remained in Travis County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

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