Pirates' Snyder and wife in Banksville road rage
A Good Samaritan helped subdue a man who police said attacked the wife of injured Pirates catcher Chris Snyder at a Banksville gas station Wednesday afternoon even as the man struggled, bit him and threw a shoe in his direction.
Police said Mr. Snyder, who was a passenger in the car, was unable to intervene because of back surgery he had last week.
The scuffle unfolded around 1 p.m. on Banksville Road near Potomac Avenue after Carla Snyder, who was driving a car with her husband and two small children in it, narrowly avoided the man, who was riding a scooter.
The man, identified as Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, 44, of Scott, then followed Ms. Snyder into a nearby BP gas station and "aggressively threw his scooter" in front of her vehicle, Lt. Shawn Malloy of the Zone 6 station said. She stopped again to avoid hitting him, and he began kicking the car, yelling and screaming, "You almost hit me!"
As Ms. Snyder got out of the car, police said, Mr. Modhwadia broke off the woman's driver-side mirror and started swinging at her. She called for help, drawing the attention of Joe Changle, a passer-by who intervened and told Mr. Modhwadia it was wrong to hit a woman and that he would take him to the ground if he didn't stop, Lt. Malloy said.
When he continued, Mr. Changle tackled Mr. Modhwadia, who bit Mr. Changle's left forearm as the struggle continued. Off-duty city police Officer Arthur Baker, who was driving by, spotted the commotion and stepped in.
But Mr. Modhwadia didn't stop and instead went after them both, police said. At one point, Mr. Modhwadia threw punches at them with a key between his fingers. He also took off his shoe and threw it in their direction before the officer was able to take him to the ground once again.
Police responded and took Mr. Modhwadia into custody. He was charged with aggravated assault, assault, criminal mischief and driving with an invalid license.
Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki, who was with the team in Houston on Wednesday, said Mr. Snyder "was immobile and sitting in the passenger seat of his family vehicle that was stopped when the incident occurred. Thankfully, some bystanders stepped in to subdue the aggressor until the police were able to make the arrest. We are grateful for those bystanders who stepped up to assist Chris to ensure no physical harm was done to his wife and children."
First Published June 16, 2011 12:00 am