ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - What appeared to be a case of road rage has led to the arrest of a man who deputies said pointed a "sawed-off shotgun" at a woman and her granddaughter in the middle of the street.
Rontress Davell Caldwell, 30, of St. Augustine, is charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and illegal possession of a short-barreled gun.
According to Caldwell's arrest report, the alleged assault happened Sunday evening. The incident began on State Road 207 and then carried over to State Road 312 near U.S. Highway 1.
The report shows a woman told deputies that she and granddaughter were driving along S.R. 207 when she noticed a small car traveling too closely behind her, so she tapped her brakes to warn the driver behind her that she was about to come to a complete stop. The woman said after she stopped, a man with dreadlocks stopped and got out of the driver's side of the car. That's when, according to the report, the woman heard someone shout, "I'm going to blow your f****** brains out b****." The report stated the woman said she thought she saw a gun in his hand, so she made a right turn on S.R. 312 and continued driving. The report shows the woman said that as she was approaching Old Moultrie Road, a car pulled up and stopped.
"She's getting ready to make a turn. She's afraid he's going to run into her, so she taps her brakes once to say, 'Hey, I'm getting ready to turn.' As she makes the turn onto Moultrie Road, the car passes her, gets in front of her then stops, causing her to stop," said St. Johns County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chuck Mulligan.
The same man then got out of the car with a "sawed-off shotgun," and pointed at her car before jumping back into his own car and heading south down Moultrie Road, the arrest report said.