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Spotsylvania man charged in reported road rage incident in Fredericksburg

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By KEITH EPPS

A 66-year-old man was arrested Friday following an incident in which he’s accused of pointing a gun at and threatening to shoot a man who had cursed at him, police said.


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Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the incident began about 10 a.m. in the 900 block of Lafayette Boulevard. A 47-year-old employee of the Colonial Tavern reported that he was on his way to work riding a moped when a truck went by him at a high rate of speed. The man claimed the truck caused him concern for his safety.

When the moped rider got to work at 406 Lafayette Blvd. a short time later, he saw the truck stopped at a traffic light, Bledsoe said. He went to the passenger’s window and shouted some choice words at the driver, police said.

Police said the truck’s driver then pulled into the parking lot, got out of his vehicle holding a gun and threatened to kill the other man. He then got back into his truck and left while the victim called 911.

A third man who witnessed the incident followed the truck to Hanover Street, then returned to the scene and gave his version of the incident to responding officers. Bledsoe said his version matched what the victim had already told police.

Police were unable to find the truck immediately, but later Friday the driver showed up at the Fredericksburg police station and asked to speak to an officer about the incident. He told his story and was arrested, Bledsoe said.

Ivan Lee Samuels of Spotsylvania County was charged with brandishing a firearm, a misdemeanor. He was released by a magistrate on a personal recognizance bond.

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