Monday, in the town of Spanaway, Wash., Scott Bradford was beaten within an inch of his life in a horrible case of road-rage. But Bradford’s family says things could have been a lot worse if Army veteran Mike Howard hadn’t stepped in to do the right thing.
In news released last night by the family, Bradford is suffering from fractured cheek bones, a broken jaw, broken nose, eyesocket fractures, and multiple contusions; he is fighting for his life at Tacoma General Hospital.
There are conflicting reports about the traffic incident that incited the beating.
Vietnam veteran Mike Howard had this to say to reporters:
The guy in the Taurus jumps out and starts throwing slanders, racial slurs," said Howard, who added Scott did not want to fight. "(Scott) got his hands up, said, 'I'm sorry. Didn't see you. There's no reason to get violent.
Howard, who lost both of his legs to a landmine in Vietnam, pulled out his knife and slashed the tires of the assailant.
Police are asking for help in apprehending the suspect who fled the scene in his car; the slashed tires not holding him back. He is described as a black male with short hair, age 20-something, who is approximately 5’ 8”.
At the time of the attack, the suspect was wearing a green and brown fleece coat. His car is thought to be a green or gray sedan. Howard indicated that the car was a Taurus, but that was not confirmed.
Mike Howard is offering “ five brand-new $100 bills for the apprehension of the suspect.
In addition, Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward and the family has added an additonal amount to the reward monies.
There was no indication that Scott Bradford had insurance to cover his medical costs which will include several surgeries.
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