Crossbow road-rager in Philadelphia was a Buddhist

Kenneth Butterworth wrote on Facebook that he is a socialist Buddhist.
Kenneth Butterworth wrote on Facebook that he is a socialist Buddhist.
Posted: July 12, 2012

KARMA'S A BITCH.

The man who police say twice pulled a crossbow during a road-rage incident in Mayfair on Tuesday night described himself on his Facebook page as a Buddhist who "holds tolerance in great importance."

The ill-tempered archery enthusiast was Kenneth Butterworth, 44, of Friendship Street near Crispin, police said Wednesday.

Butterworth allegedly threw tolerance out the window when he got behind the wheel Tuesday evening. Shortly before 6:30 p.m., a motorist who was traveling west on Harbison Avenue allegedly saw Butterworth weaving in and out of traffic in his gold Dodge Stratus.

The motorist told police he was in the left lane next to Butterworth's car, then pulled into the right lane in front of him. According to police, Butterworth then pulled into the left lane, sped up and pointed a crossbow at the other driver.

That driver called police and followed Butterworth into the parking lot of a ShopRite at Frankford Avenue and Knorr Street. Butterworth got out of his car and again leveled the crossbow at the motorist, then got back in and fled, police said.

Butterworth was stopped shortly after the incident on Cottman Avenue near Frankford, and police said the small crossbow was found in his car, loaded with a 4-inch dart. He was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and related offenses.

Butterworth's Facebook page said he is a socialist Buddhist, plans to attend college next semester to study behavioral health and enjoys heavy-metal music and classical violin.

Reach Stephanie Farr at farrs@phillynews.com or 215-854-4225. You can also follow her on Twitter @FarFarrAway and read her blog philly.com/DailyDelco.

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