Man Charged After Alleged Road Rage Incident

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) — A case of road rage in St. Cloud has landed a 25-year-old man in jail, accused of pointing a pistol at a family of five.

It happened around dinner time Sunday night on the city’s west side.

Jonathan Ortiz-Dones is charged with second-degree felony assault and making terroristic threats.

Police say the two cars were pulling onto Waite Avenue from opposing shopping center parking lots and nearly collided.

That’s when the 34-year-old driver of the other car say Ortiz-Dones pointed a pistol at him, his fiancé and their three children.

“I definitely recommend if someone displays a handgun, you don’t know how serious they are, what level, how much road rage is going on there, remain in your vehicle, get away from that vehicle,” said Sgt. Martin Sayre with St. Cloud Police.

Police say to immediately call 911 with a description of the suspect and vehicle. That’s what led to the quick arrest of Ortiz-Dones at a local motel.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Gaylord says:

    Obviously this story is woefully incomplete. Other news sources report that “the other driver” was the aggressor and jumped out of his car to confront Ortiz-Dones who, presumably, feared for his safety and elected to protect himself by drawing his weapon. Ortiz-Dones then left the scene before things could escalate further. The other driver, knowing Ortiz-Dones had a weapon and would defend himself, and having three of his children with him in his own vehicle, still decided to “tail” (I’m guessing it was more like “chase”) Ortiz-Dones. With only that limited information to go on, I’d say if anyone was arrested, it should have been “the other driver.”

    1. MERN says:

      Are you related or were you there???

  2. getridofem says:

    We will see when it goes to court who did what and when—–

  3. Wow says:

    Even if the other vehicle was also engaging in road rage behavior, it does not give him the right to point a gun at them. People need to keep their cool on the road. More and more people are dying due to speeding and aggressive driving.

  4. Tempie says:

    Goes to show that even nice guys should not carry a gun in their car…

  5. Gaylord says:

    Neither. I’m a former Atlanta peace officer. We just bring ’em in and, as getridofem implies, the courts decide who did what to whom. No matter what happened, the other driver was an idiot to risk the safety of his children by his foolish actions.

  6. Halvy says:

    As a lawyer I believe that this young gentleman did everything in his power to avoid a conflict and has every right given by the state and god to defend himself from undo pain and bodily harm and to defend himself to the full extent of the law!

  7. BSDECT says:

    I DONT CARE HOW ANY OF IT WENT DOWN, THE KID SHOULD NOT HAVE PULLED A GUN. HE SHOULD HAVE PULLED OUT HIS PHONE AND CALLED IT IN HIMSELF. OR MAYBE JUST DROVE TO THE NEAREST COP SHOP. AND JUST WONDERING, WAS THE GUN LEGALLY HIS???

  8. Dave Wilson says:

    He’s only allowed to “pull” his gun if his life is in immediate danger. Just because someone gets out of their car and walks up to your car does not mean his life was in immediate danger. There are instances where this might be allowed, but this is not one of those instances. They are both in the wrong, and both should be punished.

  9. gregg says:

    I agree, nice hair.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Goin' To The Lake
The Leaderboard

Listen Live