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Man charged with pointing gun at motorist
A Stafford man was arrested Wednesday in connection with an incident the previous day in which he is accused of pointing a gun at another motorist.
The incident occurred on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg Tuesday about 8:40 p.m., city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. The victim, a 55-year-old Stafford man, reported that he was driving toward the downtown area when he slowed down to comply with the speed limit.
That apparently aggravated the other motorist, who the victim said crossed the double-yellow line and angled his vehicle in a way that made it appear that he was going to ram the victim.
He then pulled up beside the victim shortly after the street became one-way and pointed a handgun at him. The victim slowed considerably at that point to let the gunman get ahead of him. Bledsoe said the suspect kept the gun pointed toward the victim until he got out of sight.
A passenger in the victim’s car got the license plate number and police retrieved a photo of the vehicle owner. They put it in a photo lineup and the victim picked out the suspect’s picture.
The Stafford Sheriff’s Office arrested the suspect Wednesday and turned him over to city police. Matthew Bocson, 36, was charged with brandishing a firearm and aggressive driving and was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under a $1,000 bond.
A handgun was found at Bocson’s home and is being held by city police.