Gunpoint road rage incident alleged in St. Inigoes
Joshua Aquilino, 24, of Ridge was released from custody on 10 percent of a $3,500 bond following his arrest this week on charging papers alleging he pointed a handgun at two people in a vehicle during a roadside confrontation.
Aquilino was charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and a firearm offense in the court papers stating that police were told about a van flashing its lights on Sunday while closely following the other vehicle on Route 235 near St. Inigoes, until its occupants pulled over and stopped.
They told police that “the male inside of the [van] then pulled out a black handgun, racked a round into the chamber and pointed it at them,” according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Taylore Nauman. “They advised the man stated ‘Next time I’m trying to ----ing pass you, you will let me pass you,’ while he was pointing the gun at them.”
During police questioning at his residence, charging papers state, Aquilino “made a statement that he shouldn’t have racked his gun at the people in the car, [but] … he denied pointing the gun at the victims.” The suspect dropped a loaded magazine of .45-caliber bullets on the ground while talking to police, court papers state, and he showed them where a .45-caliber pistol was on top of his refrigerator.