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1 ARRESTED AFTER FENDER-BENDER ESCALATES TO STABBING IN SELF-DEFENSE

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Port St. Lucie man Wednesday night after he caused a minor vehicle crash that escalated into a fight, which led to the victim stabbing him in self-defense.

The accident occurred about 10 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 415 and State Road 44 in New Smyrna Beach when a Deltona resident had stopped his Chevy Malibu at the red stoplight. The defendant, driver Javier Bolanos, 23, (DOB 06/03/97) was unable to stop in time and hit the back of the Malibu with his Toyota Camry.

Both drivers pulled into a nearby Circle K parking lot and exited their cars. Tensions arose when the victim called law enforcement to report the crash. Bolanos offered the victim $1,000 for the damage to his vehicle and asked him not to involve police, saying he was in a hurry, but the victim declined.

While the driver spoke on the phone with dispatchers, Bolanos became upset and attacked the victim, punching him in the face and kicking him. The victim responded by pulling out a pocket knife and stabbed Bolanos in his left rib cage area and told him to sit down and wait for law enforcement to arrive.

The victim, who is not being identified under Marsy’s Law, was not visibly injured and declined medical treatment.

Bolanos was found to be the primary aggressor and was arrested for simple battery. A search of his vehicle netted 258 Xanax 2 mg. tablets. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a schedule IV substance. He was medically cleared and then transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail where he was released on $3,500 bail.

- Volusia County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Laura Williams