POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- On Wednesday, a Potomac man was found guilty of nine counts related to a road rage incident at Montgomery Mall.
Court officials say that 25-year-old David Benjamin Goldberg cut Clifton Botts and Rachel Peterson in the parking lot of the shopping mall in November 2013 after a dispute over who had the right-of-way.
According to the police investigation, a dispute occurred between the three at a stop sign on the road that circles the mall. Goldberg drove through an intersection without coming to a complete stop and Botts and Peterson believed he had cut in front of them. Botts honked the horn at Goldberg and Goldberg yelled at them, according to documents. Botts then followed Goldberg to the next stop, where they got out of the car. Goldberg took off in his car.
In the mall parking lot near the Sears, Botts and Peterson were out of their vehicle when they saw Goldberg drive back towards them and rev his engine, according to officials. As he raced towards them, he lost control of the vehicle and struck a parked car but did not hit Botts or Peterson, say police.
Goldberg got out of the car and he and Botts started to fight, say police. Goldberg "used a knife to stab Botts in his upper back, caused a laceration on the left side of Botts' cheek, caused a laceration on Botts' right bicep. In an attempt to stop Botts and Goldberg from fighting, Peterson approached Goldberg and was subsequently stabbed in the abdomen..." according to documents.
Goldberg then drove away, police said.
Goldberg was arrested shortly after the incident at a mall parking deck. Police found a knife in Goldberg's car. They also discovered that Goldberg had his two-year-old child in the car.
On Wednesday, Goldberg was found guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter, second degree assault on the first use of the defendant's vehicle to run victim over, 1st degree assault on the second use of the defendant's vehicle to run victim over, 1st degree assault on the third use of the defendant's vehicle to run the victim over, and an additional count of 1st degree assault in the stabbing of Botts.
Goldberg was also found guilty of attempted voluntary manslaughter, 1st degree assault in the first use of the vehicle to run this victim over, 1st degree assault in the second use of the vehicle to run this victim over, and a count of second degree assault in the stabbing of Peterson.
"Mr. Goldberg escalated what might have otherwise been a minor traffic dispute to a violent resolution. This verdict sends a strong message that road rage will not be tolerated in our community and just as importantly people who commit violent crimes will face the consequences of their actions. If you try to run over someone or stab them because of your temper or road rage you will be prosecuted," said State's Attorney John McCarthy in a written statement on Wednesday.
Goldberg is scheduled for sentencing on December 18th at 1 p.m. He faces a total of 165 years in prison.