VIDEO: Man punched in road rage-related incident

EL CAJON, Calif. - Authorities Wednesday renewed their call for information that could lead them to the man who punched a 76-year-old man in the face following a road rage incident in El Cajon nearly two months ago.

"I can't see. I don't have any feeling in my cheek. I can't drive. I can't do any of the things I did before," said Ron Torncello at the El Cajon police station as he personally contributed $1,500 to the reward for information. "I thought anything that would catch this guy I support. I mean, this guy needs to be put away."

Torncello was talking to his wife on his cellphone while driving through a CVS pharmacy parking lot at 572 Fletcher Parkway on April 30 at about 10 a.m.

"I was still on the phone with my wife when this guy walked up screaming, 'You were on the phone, you were on the phone,'" he said.  

Surveillance video shows the suspect, a 35-year-old white man punch Torncello as he was getting out of his car.

The assault left the Torncello with major injuries requiring two reconstructive surgeries, according to El Cajon police and Crime Stoppers.

"Eye socket bones were broken. They had to take skin and rebuild my eye lid. I'm in constant pain," said Torncello.

He says if it was not for the intervention of a bystander, he does not know what would have happened.

Torncello has increased the amount being offered for information leading to an arrest from up to $1,000 to $2,500, in hopes that someone will come forward to identify the suspect.

Police said the suspect left the scene in a newer red SUV-type vehicle. He was described as white, at least 6 feet tall with a muscular build, and was wearing a white t-shirt, dark shorts and a baseball cap with "UFC" on the front.

Anyone with information on the assault was asked to call El Cajon police at (619) 579-3320, or contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or via email at

Print this article Back to Top