An early Sunday morning run for a Lyft driver turned into a terrifying ordeal in Boynton Beach when the driver collided with a man on a motorbike.
Lyft driver Tevin Kimbugwe jumped out and checked on the man on the motorbike, then raced back to check on his fares because the Lyft car had hit a tree.
Everyone seemed fine. And then suddenly things went terribly wrong.
Witness told police that the man identified as 38-year-old Michael Radler went to his motorbike, pulled out a 12-15 inch knife, and jumped the Lyft driver as he was checking on the people that had been riding in his car.
Kimbugwe crumpled to the ground. Witnesses told police the suspect got on top of Kimbugwe and slashed and stabbed him. Kimbugwe received a punctured lung, and the side of his face was sliced open from his left temple to his jaw, arrest records say. Kimbugwe suffered other stab wounds to the right temple, the back of the neck and many defensive wounds on his arms from trying to protect himself from his attacker.
As Kimbugwe was being attacked, his customers raced off to try to find police. The attacker then raced off on his motorbike.
Police in Boynton Beach were called at 4:51 a.m. to the 2700 block of South Seacrest Boulevard and found Kimbugwe with stab wounds. He was taken to Delray Medical Center’s trauma unit for treatment.
Delray Beach police say they found Radler at 5:30 a.m. on Lake Ida Drive and Congress Avenue. Reports say Radler was identified as the attacker of the Lyft driver.
Radler’s address was not listed on an arrest report, but public records say he has lived in several cities in Broward County. He is being held in a Palm Beach County jail on attempted first-degree murder charges.
Records say he has had about two dozen contacts with law over the years, most of them arrests for battery or possession of drugs, including heroin and cocaine.
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