Rehoboth man faces felony weapon, assault charges

August 6, 2018

A Rehoboth man faces charges after police say he ran a bicyclist off the road and assaulted him.

About 11:12 a.m., Aug. 5, Delaware State Police responded to a call on Plantation Road south of Cedar Grove Road for an assault complaint. Troopers spoke with a witness who said he was driving on Plantation Road when he saw a man beating a cyclist with an object and called 911.

The victim, a 50-year-old Milton man, remained on the scene and said he was riding his bike on Plantation Road when a white work truck got really close to him and almost ran him off the road. The subject then drove by him and blew a loud horn next to him as he rode his bike. The victim became startled and punched the driver's side window of the truck, not causing any damage. 

The driver stopped the truck in the middle of the road, got out, grabbed an object from the truck bed and tried to strike the victim in the head. The victim blocked the object with his forearm and was cut. He later declined medical treatment at the scene.

The truck driver fled the scene and was located in the Heritage Village development. Driver Matthew McDavid, 33, was standing by the truck and taken into custody without incident. The object used to strike the victim, a large black wire/cable cutter, was recovered from the truck.

McDavid was taken to Troop 7 and charged with possessing a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, second-degree assault and leaving a vehicle unattended.  He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $3,001 unsecured bond.