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Mill Valley Police arrest tech CEO

Kentfield man accused of road rage dispute

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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:26 pm

A Kentfield tech Chief executive officer has been arrested for allegedly violently assaulting and injuring a man over an apparent road rage incident in Mill Valley earlier this month, police said last week.

Jeff Smock, founder of Atlanta-based Iron Data, was arrested after the alleged assault around 5 p.m. on April 16 near the intersection of East Blithedale Avenue and Camino Alto Avenue, according to police.

Mill Valley police Officer Rob Dehner was in the area of Camino Alto Avenue when he heard the sounds of car horns and people shouting. As he drove toward the noise to investigate, police dispatch began getting multiple 911 calls reporting an assault happening at the intersection of Camino Alto and East Blithedale avenues, according to police.

Police said Dehner arrived on the scene to find people standing around a man lying in the street with blood on his face and on the ground.

The victim was taken to a hospital with serious injuries and later released. Investigators learned that a man on a bicycle had gotten into a traffic dispute with the victim, who had been driving his small pickup truck. The dispute turned violent and the suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Smock, started assaulting the driver, police said.

According to a witness, the cyclist first circled the pickup and then punched the pickup driver through the window of the truck. When the pickup driver got out of the vehicle, the suspect allegedly jumped on him, pinned him to the ground, and pummeled him.

Police arrested Smock on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and booked him into Marin County Jail.

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to call Mill Valley police Detective Sgt. Steven Heisinger at 389-4100. Anonymous tips may be given by calling 721-4547.

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