Police: Man threatens other driver with a samurai sword in a road rage attack

Posted at 4:06 AM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 23:17:53-04

Brooksville Police says a man threatened to kill another driver with a samurai sword in a road rage incident on Tuesday afternoon.

Officers say around 12:25 p.m., Adrian and Julian Rivera were driving south on Broad Street behind 43-year-old Daniel Seymour.

“He started brake checking me and my brother,” Adrian Rivera said.  “We went to get in front of him and he just slammed on the brakes.  While we were slowing down he came and rammed us from behind and we got out of the car and went to check out the damages and he started charging for me.”

Rivera said his brother Julian Rivera pushed Seymour away.  That’s when Rivera said Seymour ran back to his car and pulled out the samurai sword.

“It could've been serious looking back,” Rivera said.  “I'm on the phone with the cops and he is looking at me, he is not saying it out loud, he is mouthing you are (expletive) dead and all this, and he was going to (expletive) kill us.”

Rivera said Seymour never swung the sword or tried to hurt them with it.  Once Seymour grabbed the sword Rivera said he walked towards them then went back to his car and threw it in the trunk, minutes later Brooksville police arrived and arrested Seymour.

Rivera has this advice for anyone in a similar situation.

“I would say stay in the car.  He got out of the car right away before I even got out of the car.  I would say stay in the car call the cops right away,” Rivera said. 

The Riveras told police Seymour began "break checking" them and using obscene hand gestures while slowing down and speeding up.

The Riveras say when they attempted to pass Seymour, he sped up and deliberately struck the right rear fender of their vehicle.

When they attempted to pull over near the intersection of Broad Street and Croom Road, police say Seymour rammed his vehicle into the back of the Rivera's. Officers say when Adrian and Julian got out of their vehicle, Seymour jumped out of his and approached the two in an aggressive manner.

Police say the Riveras tried to calm the situation down by telling Seymour to back off.

Authorities say Seymour then walked back to his vehicle and grabbed a 25-inch long samurai sword from the back seat and threatened to "kill them both."

Officers arrested Seymour for Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Reckless Driving.

Seymour bonded out of the Hernando County Jail Wednesday afternoon.  ABC Action News went to Seymour’s Brooksville home for comment.  Two women inside told us to leave the property.