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Road rage incident in Levittown leads to arrest, police say

Matthew Mulqueen, 33, was arrested March 16, 2015,

Matthew Mulqueen, 33, was arrested March 16, 2015, in Levittown after a road rage in which another driver was injured, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

Nassau detectives on Monday arrested a man who they said pressed a screwdriver against a motorist's neck during a road rage incident in Levittown in March.

Matthew Mulqueen, 33, whose address is unknown, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree menacing, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second degree reckless endangerment, Second Squad detectives said.

Police said Mulqueen had been aggressively tailgating a 47-year-old man at about 11:30 a.m. on Newbridge Road in the vicinity of North Bellmore Road on March 16 when the man pulled over to allow Mulqueen to pass. But Mulqueen got out of the vehicle and held a screwdriver to the man's neck, then held him down with a forearm and snatched the car's keys from the ignition, police said.

Mulqueen struggled with the victim, who fell to the ground as he tried to get his keys back, police said. But Mulqueen then tossed the keys into a wooded area and left the scene when another motorist stopped to help the victim, who was later treated for minor injuries and released, police said.

Police said Mulqueen surrendered to detectives on Monday. His attorney could not be reached for comment.

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