Viral video shows Bakersfield man slapping a woman's phone from her in Pismo Beach altercation

Posted at 4:19 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 18:53:01-04

UPDATE: According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, Christopher Strong was released from jail and cited on a misdemeanor battery charge. 


A Bakersfield man is shown slapping a woman's phone from her hand in a gas station altercation that was posted on social media.

The video posted on Facebook shows Christopher Michael Strong in an argument with a woman and her young sister at an AM PM gas station in Pismo Beach Tuesday afternoon. 

Strong, 43, calls the woman recording the video "a fat tub of s---" and before he reached inside her car and slapped the phone out of her hand, Pismo Beach Police said.

Strong was taken into custody under suspicion of battery, police said. The San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office said he has been released.

Sgt. White with PBPD said road rage incidents like this one can be avoided. 

"You know, wait the 5 minutes and let somebody else just go so it doesn't get to that point," Sgt. White said.