A honk, two flipped birds and a death threat with a knife lead to road rage charge

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MANCHESTER, NH — Officer Steven Cornacchia responded to a road rage incident that allegedly took place on Harrison Street approximately 5:20 p.m. on July 23. The victim, Emmanuel Serrano, 51 of Manchester, New Hampshire made the report to Officer Cornacchia after a man approached him with a knife and threatened him.

Serrano was driving eastbound on Harrison Street, from Elm Street, when he noticed a Maine registered Ford Focus backing out of the Granite State Credit Union parking lot. He claimed the operator almost struck his vehicle as he drove past the credit union, so he honked his horn to alert the driver, Adam Lewandowski, 26, of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Serrano stated his action of honking his horn may have prompted Lewandowski to make a derogatory hand gesture. Serrano admitted to returning the hand gesture while continuing eastbound toward Pine Street. Serrano stopped at the posted stop sign at Pine Street when he noticed Lewandowski had stopped his vehicle behind his. Lewandowski allegedly exited his vehicle and approached Serrano as he remained seated in his vehicle.

Lewandowski made several comments while holding a knife in his hand. He allegedly threatened to kill Serrano before returning to his Ford Focus and leaving the area. Officer’s made phone contact with Lewandowski a short time later and spoke to him about the case. Officer Cornacchia gathered enough probable cause to arrest Lewandowski. He was charged with Criminal Threatening, a felony. 

He was taken into custody without incident and the knife was placed into evidence. Lewandowski was released on $2,000 personal recognizance and will appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 27, 2015.

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