A 39-year-old man was stabbed repeatedly in Northeast Philly's Rhawnhurst section early Tuesday evening, cops said, and the victim told police road rage motivated the attack.

Police said the man told them he was driving his BMW and got into a road-rage incident with another driver at Roosevelt Boulevard and Strahle Street sometime around 6:30 p.m. when the other driver stabbed him three times in the back, once in the neck, once in the left arm and once in the left hand.

Investigators were unable to locate evidence marking a scene on the Boulevard where the man told them he was attacked and were trying to determine whether his road-rage story checked out later Tuesday. The full story behind the road rage was unclear later Tuesday night as detectives investigated the incident.

The stabber is described as a 170-pound Hispanic man who's 5 feet 8 and has a mustache. He wore a black sweat suit at the time of the incident, but police did not have a description of his vehicle.

The victim drove himself to nearby Nazareth Hospital and was initially listed in critical condition, but later upgraded to stable after being transferred to Temple University Hospital.