RIO RICO, Arizona — One truck driver is fighting for his life and another has been booked on attempted murder charges following a parking spot dispute at an Arizona truck stop that turned bloody yesterday.
Dereck Johnson, a 37-year-old South Carolina-based truck driver, has been arrested and charged with 2nd degree attempted homicide for allegedly stabbing another truck driver at the Pilot Travel Center in Rio Rico, according to Nogales International.
The incident took place around 3 p.m., sheriff Antonio Estrada says, in the truck stop parking lot: “There was a dispute, a disagreement over parking of the tractor-trailers on the lot there.”
The verbal argument in the parking lot moved into the truck stop building, where it escalated. “The suspect obviously took out a knife, yielded a knife, and stabbed the victim in the frontal area numerous times,” Estrada said.
Police say that Johnson did not resist arrest.
The victim, 33-year-old Pennsylvania-based truck driver Ahmet Gumoskaya, was airlifted to the hospital and is listed in serious condition.