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After Back Surgery, Chris Snyder Helpless As Man Tries To Beat Up Snyder's Wife

This is a wild story. Pirates catcher Chris Snyder just had back surgery, and thus had to sit immobile while some road-raging nut attacked his wife. (She's fine, fortunately.)

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Snyder's wife Carla was driving Chris and their two kids when she just missed hitting a guy on a scooter. The man then tailed the Snyders to a gas station and slammed his scooter down in front of them, blocking their path. He then kicked the Snyders' car.

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As Ms. Snyder got out of the car, police said, Mr. Modhwadia broke off the woman's driver-side mirror and started swinging at her. She called for help, drawing the attention of Joe Changle, a passer-by who intervened and told Mr. Modhwadia it was wrong to hit a woman and that he would take him to the ground if he didn't stop, Lt. Malloy said.

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When he continued, Mr. Changle tackled Mr. Modhwadia, who bit Mr. Changle's left forearm as the struggle continued. Off-duty city police Officer Arthur Baker, who was driving by, spotted the commotion and stepped in.

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But Mr. Modhwadia didn't stop and instead went after them both, police said. At one point, Mr. Modhwadia threw punches at them with a key between his fingers. He also took off his shoe and threw it in their direction before the officer was able to take him to the ground once again.

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Police charged the guy with "aggravated assault, assault, criminal mischief, and driving with an invalid license."

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I'm willing to bet that Snyder's injury will never again bother him more than it bothered him today. Keep your chin up, Chris - it's all uphill from here.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.