One truck driver is fighting for his life and another has been booked on attempted murder charges following a parking spot dispute at an Arizona truck stop that turned bloody yesterday.
Thirty-seven year old South Carolina-based truck driver Dereck Johnson has been arrested and charged with second degree attempted homicide for allegedly stabbing another truck driver at the Pilot Travel Center in Rio Rico, according to Nogales International.
Sheriff Antonio Estrada says that the incident was sparked around 3 p.m. in the truck stop parking lot: “There was a dispute, a disagreement over parking of the tractor-trailers on the lot there.”
The verbal argument in the parking lot moved into the truck stop building, where it escalated. Estrada said, “The suspect obviously took out a knife, yielded a knife, and stabbed the victim in the frontal area numerous times.”
Police say that Johnson did not resist arrest.
The victim, 33 year old Pennsylvania-based truck driver Ahmet Gumoskaya, was airlifted to the hospital and is listed in serious condition.