MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man and his 12-year-old daughter found themselves looking down the barrel of a handgun Tuesday afternoon as they passed a man on Highway 169, Brooklyn Park police said.

The road rage occurred around 12:30 p.m., when 41-year-old Royal Toney slammed the brakes on his white Volvo on northbound Highway 169. Toney then pulled out a handgun and pointed it at a car that had accelerated to pass him. That car contained a man and his 12-year-old daughter, police said.

The victim called police and attempted to follow Toney. But Toney sped off at speeds around 90 mph, police said.

Toney attempted to exit the highway at 85th Avenue, but he hit a traffic sign. Toney then swerved back onto the highway and pulled over. Police found him there shortly after, a criminal complaint said.

Toney told police he had a CalTech .40-caliber handgun in his car. Police said they found the gun loaded in Toney’s center console. Toney did not have a permit to carry the gun in Minnesota, police said.

Toney has been charged with two counts of second-degree assault. If convicted, Toney faces a maximum of 7 years in prison and/or $28,000 in fines.

Comments (22)
  1. disgusting says:

    what a POS – let him go in the fields I chase Bambi in ….. just sayin’ I could save some money for the taxpayer

  2. Jan says:

    He’ll get a few days in the house and then walk.
    Few years he’ll kill someone and we’ll rage about why he was released. Just the facts

    1. JS says:

      Exactly. Unfortunately, it’s easier to sound off about it on a news website than it is to simply go to our legislators website and leave a simple note: stop the revolving door criminal justice system, take violent offenders off the playground and keep them off, stop over crowding prisons with people who should be in treatment programs, with computer hackers. I don’t walk the streets at night worried that an embezzler is going to jump out of the bushes.

    2. Ummmm says:

      Something that hasn’t happened, and probably will never happen, is generally not considered a fact. On most planets anyway.

  3. Chris Zuki Thompson says:

    Look at that, a criminal not following gun laws what a suprise gun laws dont work on criminals only lawbidding obey those silly laws

    1. Fred F. says:

      Didn’t see anywhere in the story where the guy obtained the gun illegally. Pretty much any idiot that wants a gun can get one legally. The story suggests that the criminal act occurred because he was carrying a loaded gun illegally and pointed it at someone in a fit of rage. Up until then he appears to have been a law-abiding citizen, albeit a ticking-time bomb..

      1. Semperflyboy says:

        “Toney did not have a permit to carry the gun in Minnesota, police said.” (second to last paragraph). The story stated, not suggested, that he carried the gun illegally. He had already broken the law before the assault occurred.

  4. Clancy says:

    What ever happened to the Robbinsdale police detective who got road rage and pulled a gun on a man and his wife? (The man also had a gun).

    We know the man shot the officer but what happened after that? Is he still a cop?

    1. me says:

      There wasn’t any shooting by either side in that incident.

      1. Realist says:

        Tell me again that neither side fired their weapon.


  5. Deep Thinker says:

    Maybe he’s not very bright, it looks like his temples almost meet. Another selection from the shallow end of the gene pool…

    1. just sayin says:

      Thats because he probably weighs like 350lbs.

  6. hmmmm says:

    He looks like one of the guys on the show “Weeds”

  7. Great and informative reporting here says:

    This comment concerns WCCO’s reporting. First, the headline. As stupid as this whole thing may be, does anyone really think the perp singled out a 12 year old girl to aim a gun at? I doubt it but ‘CCO worded their headline that way to grab your attention, not to participate in accurate news reporting.

    Second, where’s the news report about what happened before? What was the road rage that led up to the event reported? Rarely are road rage incidents one way streets. Usually somebody does something really stupid which PO’s somebody else who does something equally as stupid. But … two sides to every coin, right?

    1. BLP says:

      First of all…WCCO grabbed your attention because that is what headlines do.

      Second of all..who cares what brought on the road rage???? No one should be threatened with a gun…

  8. Dale Gribble says:

    It seems pretty clear that the DFL orchestrated this entire incident to discredit White American gun owners. Once they’ve finished disarming the White Christian public, the UN will move in to force Sharia Law on the United States. Somali political agents of the UN are already in place in the Twin Cities to spearhead the coup.

  9. Gail says:

    Guns gangs and crime that is brooklyn park.

    1. chris says:

      yes, he looks like a hardcore russian gangster

  10. Michael says:

    Yea, you never know. I hope people realize cars can also be weapons in the hands of a moron. I see it several times a day on the roads.Drivers threatening and intimidating others with their vehicles and driving behavior. Some thing upset this man in order for him to react as he did. The guy with his daughter should pay more attention to his surroundings. Especially when he is with his children. They depend on us . Maybe the dad was riding his bumper , speeding, on the phone yelling at his wife, in front of the kid? Driving is a privilege and life is a gift. Don’t put others safety and life at risk and then complain when they find it necessary to defend their safety and life.

  11. Laura says:

    I’m amazed at how frequent road rage is becoming in the Twin Cities. Just yesterday my daughter was driving normally in Apple Valley when a 40 year old man lunatic cut her off, slowed way down, and kept laughing at her in his rearview mirror when she tried to pass or get away from him. This is so common and I experience people like this every day. They don’t pull a gun (yet) but who knows how long that will be before it happens. People need to relax and stop being such jerks when driving.

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