Police searching for suspect in road rage assault

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

It happened in just a few seconds but left one man in the hospital and another on the run.

Barbourville police have continued searching for a suspect who they said is caught on tape knocking a man out and then stomping his head into the pavement at a Barbourville intersection.

The man they are looking for beat the victim until he was on the ground, unconscious and continued to stomp on his head. Police said Billy Mills ended up at UK hospital after the incident.

Police said they do not know why it happened.

“At this point, we don't have any indication of any factors that led up to it,” said Det. Steve Owens of the Barbourville Police Department.

Two men were stopped at a busy intersection on U.S. 25 E and Highway 3430 on Saturday when one got out of his truck and started yelling at Billy Mills.

“He pulled around to the front of his car, blocking him in, exited the pickup he was driving, when the victim opened the door and stepped out of the vehicle he was driving, he was assaulted by the other male,” said Owens.

After only a few seconds, Mills was knocked unconscious at which time the driver of the pick up climbed on top of him and continued to kick and punch him. Mills suffered multiple fractures of the face and skull as a result of the assault.

Police said they have never had a case quite like this one, where the reason for why a driver would get out of his car was not really apparent.

“Obviously if this is nothing more than a case of road rage it is something that we need to be concerned about, somebody we need to identify and we need to deal with,” said Owens.
“This is not the typical blowing their horns, yelling at people and then going on.”

Police are still searching for the truck the suspect was driving a blue Chevy Z-71 extended cab pick up. He is described as a white man, around six foot three with a slender build. mills was just released from the hospital today but police tell me he has many treatments left due to his injuries.

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