McClaren Driver, Judd McGraw, Followed To Boca Falls Community After Incident Near Palmetto Park Road And 441.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A West Boca Raton man driving a McClaren on Palmetto Park Road allegedly engaged in a “Road Rage” incident with a man driving a Ford Edge. It happened at the intersection of Palmetto Park and US 441.
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The McClaren driver is identified as Judd McGraw. He lives in the West Boca Raton community of Boca Falls. We first reported his arrest several days ago. The police report, just processed by the clerk of courts, shows why he was arrested and charged with burglary and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
This is the narrative written by the investigating Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy:
On April 25, 2021, at approximately 0102 hours, I responded to the intersection of Shorewind Drive and Palmetto Park Road in unincorporated Boca Raton, Florida, 33428, in reference to an adult age white male who had contacted the emergency services phone line (911 ), and requested for deputies to meet him due to an unknown male that had punched him in the face.
Prior to my arrival I was advised by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) dispatcher that the complainant was waiting in the intersection in a white Ford Edge. Upon my arrival I made contact with an adult age white male who was standing next to a 2020 white Ford Edge. The adult age white male had identified himself to me as [redacted], by providing me with his Florida driver’s license. Victim advised that an unknown adult age white male had punched him in the face while he was holding a knife. The alleged victim stated verbally and in a PBSO sworn written statement that while he was traveling west bound, in his vehicle on Palmetto Park Road near Boca Rio Drive he observed a white McLaren speeding west bound. [The alleged victim] explained that he accidentally swerved into the McLaren’s lane of travel. The McLaren then continued to speed west bound on Palmetto Park Road and stopped at the red light at State Road 7. At this point [victim] described that he was stopped on the right side of the McLaren and words were exchanged between bim and the driver.
The driver of the McLaren was later identified to me as Judd McGraw. [Victim] stated that Judd then exited his vehicle and walked towards the driver side of his vehicle with a buck knife in bis band. [Victim] described the knife as having a black handle, black blade approximately five inches-long, and a rope near the handle. while [victim] was sitting tn the driver seat of his vehicle Judd punched him in face.
[The victim] described that Judd broke the threshold of his front driver side window of the vehicle with his fist that was holding the knife, which made contact with his face of it. it should be noted that the driver door window was rolled down. [The victim] explained that when Judd punched him, he was able to taste the metal on his knife.
[The victim] stated that at no point had I given Judd permission to strike him in the face. Judd then walked back to his vehicle and drove away. [The victim] stated that he is willing to testify in court and wants to prosecute criminally. While speaking to [victim] I observed bis nose was bleeding. [The victim] was complaining of pain to his face and that it hurt him to talk. I also observed bruising to the right side of [the victim’s] face.
While speaking to [victim] he advised that he observed the vehicle enter the Boca Falls subdivision. I made contact with the Boca Falls security who advised that Judd had contacted them to make a police report. While at the front gate of the subdivision I contacted Judd at phone number [redacted]. Judd identified himself over the phone and advised that he was wanted to speak to law enforcement officers. After identifying myself as law enforcement officer, Judd requested to me to meet him at his residence. Upon making contact with Judd at his residence, he advised that he was involved in a road rage incident. Judd explained that while he was stopped at the intersection of Palmetto Park Road and State Road 7 [victim] appeared to be reached for an unknown object underneath his driver seat.
Judd explained that due to [victim’s] behavior be became in fear for his life of him and approached [victim’s] driver door. Judd stated that when [victim] opened the driver door, he pushed it closed and walked away. When I asked if Judd was able to drive away from Victim, he explained that due to the light being red he did not want to get in trouble with law enforcement. Judd stated that there was no traffic in the intersection blocking his path of travel. When asked, Judd explained that he at no point punched [victim] in the face, and never had a knife in his hand during the incident. Judd completed a PBSO sworn written statement.
Based on the evidence provided to me, (I found cause to) arrest Judd for burglary of a conveyance FSS: 810.02 (3) (d) and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon 784.045 (1) (a) (2). Judd was secured and placed in the back of my marked patrol vehicle. I transported Judd to the county jail with no further incident.
McGraw was later released on $5,000 bond. A court date is pending.
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