Real life: Hitchhiker with a hatchet saves woman from rampaging, murderous lunatic

Well. In lieu of Allahpundit’s usual palate-cleanser, here’s an — er — unique offering that I’d call equal parts palate cleanser, semi-non sequitur, and odd yet empowering example of citizen justice.

The story seems to be that a homeless hitchhiker, Kai, had nabbed a ride from a man who suddenly went berserk, started yelling racist epithets and claiming he was Jesus, and then deliberately rammed his car into a utility worker. The man jumped out and full-body grabbed a woman who had rushed over to help — at which point Kai, armed only with his trusty hatchet, quickly acted to neutralize the assailant. Or, in his own words, “Smash, smash, smash!”

Warning: Much profanity, not even a little bit safe for work.


All’s well that ends well, I suppose: The assailant has been apprehended, the utility worker is on the mend, and Kai is a viral Internet hero of both citizen-activist and interviewee-extraordinaire fame.

A Pacific Gas & Electric worker rammed by a driver from Tacoma has a broken leg and will need to remain in Community Regional Medical Center for a couple of more days, officials say.

The 37-year-old worker, who has been with PG&E for five years, asked not to be identified. He was talking to family members and in good spirits Saturday, said Denny Boyles, PG&E spokesman.

“It’s not his belief that anyone should be angry with the driver,” Boyles said. “He just hopes the man gets the help he needs.”

Fresno County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jett Simmons McBride, 54, of Tacoma on suspicion of ramming his car into the worker. McBride was booked into the Fresno County Jail early Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder. His bail was set at $1 million.