HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – A 19-year-old Randolph man is accused of threatening a man and woman with a gun during an alleged road rage incident on Sunday On Highway 52 in Dakota County, according to charges filed Friday in Dakota County Court.
Matthew Ogden Hoey was charged with one count of making terroristic threats, a gross misdemeanor, in connection with the incident.
According to a criminal complaint, authorities in Dakota County were dispatched to a gun pointing incident on Sunday near the area of Highway 52 and Goodwin Avenue. When authorities arrived, a male victim told Dakota County deputies that he was driving his car on Highway 52 when a truck driven by a man with three passengers pulled alongside his car.
The victim told authorities that the truck’s driver flipped him and his wife off, then pulled out a gun and pointed it at their car, according to the complaint.
Authorities were able to get the license plate of the truck and responded to its registered address. They tracked down the owner, later identified as Hoey, who showed them the interior of the truck. Authorities located an airsoft pistol with an orange tip, the complaint states.
Hoey told authorities that the male and female were tailgating him and exchanged hand gestures with him. The female victim also threatened to throw a McDonald’s cup at him, the complaint states. Hoey told authorities he picked up the replica gun and showed it to the male and female victim in an effort to get them away from him.
If convicted, Hoey faces up to a year in jail and a fine up to $3,000.