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BCSO: Man pulled gun during alleged road rage incident

February 27, 2019

Deputies say a suspect waved a gun at another man on Interstate 40 during an alleged road rage dispute Tuesday morning.

Romolo Aragon, 19, is charged with aggravated assault, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and tampering with evidence.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, deputies responded to an alleged road rage incident on Interstate 40, near Carnuel, around 11 a.m.

Two men told deputies they were almost run off the road by a truck that was driving aggressively. The driver, later identified as Aragon, pointed a black pistol at them and the men “heard a pop sound.”

Deputies say they caught up with Aragon and pulled him over on State Highway 337, near Chamisoso Canyon.

Aragon told deputies the other vehicle was driving aggressively and he and the other driver “exchanged hand gestures” before the other driver threw something at his truck.

Deputies say Aragon denied having a pistol at first but then told deputies that he had thrown it out the window after he saw deputy vehicles.

“He was not sure of the area where he threw the pistol from the vehicle and deputies were not able to locate the firearm,” a detective wrote.

A passenger in Aragon’s truck told deputies that he had anger issues and did pull out a pistol but she did not think he pointed it or fired it at the other vehicle.

This is the fourth road-rage incident involving a firearm, in or around the city, in the past few weeks. Only two have resulted in someone being shot.

Police say on Valentine’s Day Steven Lovato, 22, shot and injured Matthew Barnes on Interstate 25 and Felix Villanueva, 20, was arrested Monday night in the Feb. 19 incident that left Emad Bissada shot in the face.