A San Bruno man who faces felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon, assault with the intent to cause bodily harm and hit-and-run failed to appear at his pretrial hearing Monday and a warrant for his arrest was issued, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
Stefan Daniel Kuftedjian, 36, is alleged to have struck another car with his own vehicle as he attempted to pass it and then when the victim tried to exchange insurance information with him, he is alleged to have struck the victim with his car. That caused the victim to hit his head on the ground, resulting in a concussion, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
The incident occurred Oct. 16 in South San Francisco when the victim was at a red light on Airport Boulevard waiting to turn onto Grand Avenue, Wagstaffe said. Kuftedjian allegedly attempted to pass the vehicle on the right between the victim's vehicle and a parked car.
There was not enough room and Kuftedjian reportedly scraped the victim's car with his own. He then reportedly looked at the victim and then drove away, Wagstaffe said.
The victim followed, and when Kuftedjian was reportedly stuck in traffic a block away the victim got out of his car and asked to exchange insurance information.
Kuftedjian is then alleged to have told the victim that he was a Palo Alto police officer and that the victim did not "want any part of me," Wagstaffe said. The victim repeated his request and Kuftedjian allegedly got out of his car and kicked the side panel of the victim's car.
The victim at this point said he was calling police and Kuftedjian reportedly got back into his car and drove at the victim, hitting him in the leg and causing him to fall down, where he hit his head on the ground and sustained a concussion, Wagstaffe said.
Kuftedjian is then alleged to have fled the scene.
Witnesses told police what happened and gave officers the license plate number of the vehicle involved, and that information led to Kuftedjian's arrest.
Kuftedjian was out of custody on $100,000 bail when he failed to appear in court Monday, which means his bond was forfeited.
A warrant for his arrest was issued and his bail was reset to $150,000.