Two brothers were arrested for battering two cars, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage, stealing $2,000 in jewelry, and injuring a driver in a road rage-fueled confrontation in Vista, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Thursday.
Matthew Giordano, 29, and John Giordano, 23, face felony charges of conspiracy, robbery and vandalism stemming from the confrontation on Melrose Way west of Breeze Hill Elementary School on Tuesday morning.
The Giordano brothers were driving through the neighborhood when Matthew Giordano, who was behind the wheel of a lifted grey pick-up truck, got angry at another driver, according to investigators.
SDSO has not yet determined what prompted the aggression and has not said if the suspects and victim knew each other.
The pair started following the other car, and at one point, Matthew Giordano flashed a weapon at the driver, according to SDSO. They then stopped in front of the other car and got out.
Matthew Giordano began punching the driver's side door. The driver got out of the car and Matthew Giordano took about $2,000 worth of jewelry and money from him, SDSO said.
Meanwhile, a sheriff's department report says John Giordano grabbed a metal tool and began smashing the driver's windshield. At one point, he smashed another car's windshield that was not involved in the incident, according to SDSO.
The suspects took off.
After obtaining a warrant, SDSO arrested the Giordano brothers in a neighborhood near S. Melrose Drive and Sycamore Avenue. They were booked into the Vista Detention Facility, and are awaiting arraignment on Aug. 28.