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OSU students escape unharmed after violent road rage encounter

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Camden Rader doesn’t know how close the knife was to his throat. He said it was close enough he couldn’t see the blade when he looked down.

Only moments before, the Oklahoma State University student had been riding motorcycles in the country with friends. Now, they were facing off with angry strangers on the asphalt.

“I’m the real deal, bitch,” the man with the knife screamed in the middle of the road. “I’ll cut your f***ing throat.”

The man reportedly pulled the knife from his pocket before lifting his denim cutoff to unveil a tattoo on his stomach. Rader said the man claimed it marked him as a member of the biker gang Hell’s Angels.

A video shows the man threatening to shoot Rader with a shotgun that another man brought to the scene. The whole time, Rader could only watch as his friend Daniel, also an OSU student who asked his last name not be used, was beaten in a ditch on the side of the worn county road, his helmet still on his head. 

“I’ll blow your f***ing faces off,” the man said as he tried to grab the shotgun.

Those gripping moments went viral in a video posted Wednesday, showing OSU students involved in a road rage incident in rural Pawnee County on Sunday. As of early Thursday evening, the video, taken from one of the bikers’ mounted GoPro cameras, had more than 675,000 views on YouTube.

Rader initially shared an edited three-minute video on Facebook before taking it down after it drew law enforcement and media attention. One of his friends then put the video on YouTube. Rader gave the O’Colly nine minutes of Sunday’s altercation, showing the moments before the fight and as both parties left the scene.

Thursday, Pawnee County Assistant District Attorney Kyle Alderson said Paul Wiseley, 60, was arrested on complaints of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy in connection with the incident. Wiseley was released the same day after posting a $100,000 bond. Alderson said Wiseley has been the only arrest made despite a previous report earlier Thursday. 

"I'm not sure how (the second arrest report) has come about," Alderson said. "But as of today, Mr. Wiseley has been the only one that's been arrested." 

Because it is an ongoing investigation, Alderson said he could not release all of the evidence, but that there is more than only the viral video. 

"What I can tell you is that the YouTube video does not capture all of the evidence that has been obtained in the case," he said. 

When the O'Colly called Wednesday night, the Pawnee County Jail wouldn't confirm the spelling of Wiseley's name or any information related to his arrest. The man who answered the phone at the jail said that because Wiseley was released, the jail couldn't release any information. 

The Oklahoma Open Records Act states that law enforcement agencies must make public jail registers and jail booking information recorded on people at the time of incarceration including the name, date and cause of arrest, arresting agency and date of discharge. The act makes no exception for whether a person was already released from custody. 

Before the beating and shouting started Sunday, the group of bikers said they left Stillwater for Hallett Motor Racing Circuit to see motorcycle races.

Several in a group of 10, including Rader, rode Honda Groms, small street-legal bikes not meant for highway speeds. They took back roads, heading east on Lone Chimney Road past Glencoe before turning north into Pawnee County.

Somewhere along the way, Rader said a navy blue late-model Chevrolet Silverado came up behind the group. Rader said the bikes stretched about 200 yards down the road, going only about 45 mph so the smaller bikes could keep up.

The truck passed the bikes going up a blind hill in a no-passing zone before the group turned north, Rader said, eventually cutting back in front of Daniel and another rider, nearly leading to a crash.

The video shows Daniel, riding a larger bike, speed up to pull alongside the truck. Daniel said the truck driver was putting the riders in danger on the highway, and although he wanted to plead his case, he said he didn't want a fight to start.

Not far behind, Rader looked at another biker and made sure the GoPro camera mounted on the handlebars kept recording.

“I told him to keep it rolling,” Rader said. “I didn’t know what, but I knew something bad was probably about to happen.”

After riding alongside the truck and exchanging words with its male driver and female passenger, Daniel said he noticed an older red Chevrolet pickup parked next to the road facing him.

As they approached, Daniel said he saw the two barrels of a shotgun pointed out the driver’s side window. Then a shot rang out toward the sky.

Daniel and the truck stopped as another truck, a blue Ford F-150, pulled out to block the bikers’ path. As quickly as he could stop, Daniel got off his Yamaha and walked toward the Silverado’s driver.

Video from the GoPro shows an exchange of words that quickly escalated with a shove from the truck’s driver, knocking Daniel into the ditch before a brawl ensued.

As other riders approached, no one jumped to Daniel’s aid in the video. The video shows a man wielding a shotgun shoot the firearm again before coming out of the parked red truck, then waving the gun and moving to hit Rader with it.

Then the man the riders alleged was Wiseley approached, opening his shirt and showing his tattoo before supposedly putting the knife to Rader’s neck (which cannot be seen on the video). 

Daniel was in the background of the YouTube video, lying on the ground with a man on top of him throwing punches.

As a firefighter, Daniel said he has been in high-stress situations before, and said he didn't want to escalate the situation.

“I did what I thought was the best thing for the scenario,” Daniel said. “Throw an all-out fistfight brawl into the mess, and if one of them would have saw me going after the other one … then there’s a possibility of, one, me getting shot or me getting jumped by the other ones or getting stabbed.

“Whenever my guys would try to come in, with the shotgun and knife there, best case scenario I saw was ‘I’m not gonna get messed up too much. At least take this and let everything die down and stop, then maybe they’ll leave and leave my guys alone.’”

Daniel said he stayed conscious but had trouble breathing when the man kicked his ribs and stomped his chest. Thanks to the helmet, his face didn't have a mark on it three days later. Because of the beating his helmet took, the visor still comes unhitched when he wears it.

Although Daniel hopes his helmet is eventually replaced, he wants a replacement for his friend’s GoPro more.

As the situation unfolded, the man who previously held the shotgun moved to take another rider’s GoPro, reportedly damaging it and taking it.

The group did not notice the other camera, which is why Rader had a video to share.

“At that point, I wasn’t even worried about the cameras,” Rader said. “I just wanted to get out of there.”

They eventually drove away with only minor injuries and damaged equipment. And for the next three days, they kept quiet, not wanting the ordeal to become public.  

Rader posted the video to Facebook on Tuesday, but when he saw the attention it quickly gained, he immediately deleted the post. But by then, police and media outlets were trying to get involved.

“If that guy really was with Hell’s Angels, I didn’t want people coming after me,” Rader said. “I know how news can twist stories when they’re new, so I just decided not to wait.”  

Stetson Payne contributed to this report. 

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