Couple on Palm Coast Parkway Threatened With Handgun in Apparent Road Rage Incident
FlaglerLive | January 14, 2016
Alfredo Rodriguez, 61, and his wife Pamela Kelly, 59, are Palm Coast residents of the W-Section. They were traveling north on U.S. 1 Monday (Jan. 11) between 2 and 3 p.m. when Rodriguez, who was at the wheel, saw an SUV approach then pass him on the left side, then immediately move back to the right lane, directly in front of him.
The vehicle then slowed down, causing Rodriguez to also slow down. Rodriguez then saw the vehicle make a right onto Palm Coast Parkway, the direction Rodriguez was traveling. Once on the parkway, Rodriguez moved into the left lane. Both vehicles were stopped at the traffic light at the intersection with Pine Lakes Parkway. There, the driver of the other vehicle started giving Rodriguez the finger, according to an incident report. Rodriguez answered in kind.
When the light turned green, both drivers continued east on Palm Coast Parkway. When they came to a stop at the next intersection, at Belle Terre Parkway, Rodriguez said he and the occupant of the SUV started cursing at each other. Their windows were up, however.
Rodriguez said it was then that the driver of the SUV allegedly brandished a handgun in a holster. As the two men continued to yell at each other, the unknown driver “pulled what appeared to be handgun with a barrel and pointed it” at Rodriguez and Kelly, the incident report states. Rodriguez then attempted to pull away from the SUV. But traffic came to a stop at the intersection of Palm Coast Parkway and Pine Cone drive, where the traffic light was red. So Rodriguez couldn’t keep going.
At that point, according to Rodriguez, the passenger of the SUV got out, approached Rodriguez’s car and began “banging on the window yelling for him to get out of the vehicle.” Rodriguez said he tried to pull away to escape. But as he was doing so, the driver squirted a bottle of “what appeared to be water,” the incident report states, into the passenger side of his vehicle, hitting Rodriguez’s wife.
The incident report is heavily redacted, and the case is still open and under investigation. Asked whether detectives had leads in the case, such as a license plate number or an individual identified, a Flagler County Sheriff’s spokesperson answered: “Information about the evidence we might have to lead to an arrest in this case is considered active criminal right now, so I’m not able to release that.”
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery charges are pending against the alleged perpetrators.