Truck Driver Stabbed In Oregon; Suspect Identified
A truck driver stabbed on Interstate 84 last week has now been identified as 63 year old Charles D. Vanzante. Oregon State Police stated that Charles was stabbed multiple times during the incident. Oregon State Police said the stabbing occurred about 15 miles west of Ontario shortly after noon. Vanzante of Jerome, Idaho, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 when a Buick Lacrosse with Washington license plates began ramming the truck’s diesel tanks. After only continuing to drive a short distance, Vanzante pulled his truck over on the side of the road. The Buick driver stopped the car against the truck, got out and entered the truck where he stabbed Vanzante multiple times.
The suspect, Dustin Leroy Rotter, 28, fled up the hill after stabbing Charles many times. He then chose to come back to the truck for a second time and had another altercation with the victim. By this time, witnesses had done gathered and saw the horrific scene. Onlookers were able to convince Rotter to stop and wait on police. Moments later, the Oregon State Police arrived and took the suspect into custody at gun point.
Charles D. Vanzante was flown to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho for treatment. Despite being stabbed multiple times over his body, none of the wounds were life-threating and Charles is expected to make a complete recovery. We do know that the suspect is being held at Malheu County Jail and will be charged with first-degree assault, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and second-degree criminal mischief and attempted murder. The car that Rotter was driving was also reported stolen.