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Prosecutors say William Zesbaugh used "The Club" to attack his victim.
According to prosecutors in Pierce County, 71-year-old William Zesbaugh was angry. Hella angry. He'd

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When Seniors Attack: In Fit of Road Rage, Violent and Elderly Man Allegedly Accosts Woman with 'The Club'

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Prosecutors say William Zesbaugh used "The Club" to attack his victim.
According to prosecutors in Pierce County, 71-year-old William Zesbaugh was angry. Hella angry. He'd been cut off in his car while driving, and he wasn't going to let that shit stand. So he did what any violent and angry senior citizen would do in such a situation: followed the bastard, rear-ended her at a stop sign, and proceeded to take a "The Club" steering wheel lock out of his trunk and accost her with it.

Said Zesbaugh as police were taking him away: "I should have hit her lot harder if I'm going to get in trouble for it."

Laughs and deep forearm gashes (which is what the victim sustained) aside, it's a bizarre and troubling situation. According to prosecutors, who filed second-degree assault and malicious harassment charges against Zesbaugh Tuesday, the altercation in question happened Monday around noon near Ruston. After Zesbaugh was separated from his victim thanks to an intervening ferry employee and another witness, the old man felt compelled to bust out some old-school homophobia, telling his victim and her passenger: ""I can tell you're lesbians. I should beat the crap out of you."

Here's how a press release from the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office describes the scene:

TACOMA, WA -Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged William Zesbaugh, 71, with Assault in the Second Degree and Malicious Harassment for assaulting and threatening a woman after rear-ending her vehicle yesterday. The defendant was arraigned today and bail was set at $10,000.

Around noon yesterday, the victim and a female passenger were driving north on Pearl Street towards the ferry terminal when the defendant, angry that the victim had cut him off in traffic, started following her. He pulled behind the victim's vehicle, following closely and honking his horn. The victim stopped at a stop sign and the defendant's car collided into the back of her vehicle.

When the victim approached the defendant's car and asked for his insurance information, he went to his trunk and took out a "Club" steering wheel lock. Realizing he was going to strike her, the victim held up her arm to block the assault. The defendant managed to strike her once more before a ferry employee intervened.

After being confronted by the ferry employee and another witness, the defendant returned the weapon to his trunk. The defendant told the victim and her passenger, "I can tell you're lesbians. I should beat the crap out of you." He then fled the scene, stating, "I'm gonna get you for this" as he passed the victim's vehicle.

Ruston and Tacoma Police officers spotted the defendant, who was stopped at a red light, and blocked his vehicle. As he was being escorted to a patrol car, the defendant told the arresting officer, "I should have hit her lot harder if I'm going to get in trouble for it." The victim went to a hospital, where she was treated for a deep gash several inches long to her forearm.

Charges are only allegations and a person is presumed innocent unless he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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