UPDATED: Ohio Man Faces Charges in 'Road Rage' Assault on Farmington Hills Woman
The following information was supplied by the Farmington Hills Police Department. Arrests and charges do not indicate a conviction.
UPDATED: Farmington Hills Police have identified 52-year-old Steven Schut of Youngstown, OH, as the driver facing aggravated assault and marijuana possession charges, following a road rage incident at a Farmington Hills gas station Saturday.
WXYZ-TV obtained a copy of the video surveillance footage that shows Schut assaulting a 34-year-old Farmington Hills woman. The video does not show how the fight began.
According to a police report, officers called to the station at 13 Mile and Orchard Lake found a 34-year-old Farmington Hills woman who had been injured. She told police that a driver who cut her off on Orchard Lake followed her into the gas station, and when she asked him not to damage her vehicle, he aggressively bumped her with his chest.
The woman told police that when she tried to push the man away, he punched her in the face, threw her into her vehicle and slammed her head onto the hood. He continued to assault her until someone pulled him off, and then he ran to his car and drove away, the report indicated.
As the Farmington Hills woman was questioned and taken to Botsford Hospital, West Bloomfield Township Police stopped Schut's vehicle. He told them the woman was the aggressor, and that he was only defending himself.
Officers doubted his story that the woman pulled up next to him and motioned for him to pull over, because the left lane on Orchard Lake is closed for construction in that area, the report noted. Schut also turned two marijuana cigarettes over to police.