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Stafford Alert

Suspect Arrested after Brandishing Weapon during Road Rage Incident
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By Public Information Officer Amanda Vicinanzo
February 20, 2019

Stafford, VA. A suspect was arrested on Tuesday by deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office after brandishing a weapon during an altercation with another motorist.

On February 19, 2019, at approximately 5:41 p.m., Deputy Taylor responded to reports of a disturbance with a weapon in the area of Stafford Marketplace. The caller told the Sheriff’s Office a male subject had pointed a gun at him. The caller provided a description of the suspect vehicle, and units began canvassing the area.

Deputy Taylor made contact with the victim in the area of Lowe’s located at 1330 Stafford Market Place. He told the deputy he was on Doc Stone Road approaching the intersection with Juggins Road when he observed the suspect vehicle stopped and holding up traffic. The victim sounded his horn, prompting the driver of the suspect vehicle to stick his head out of the window. They exchanged words, and the victim told the suspect to go.

Shortly thereafter, the suspect reached into the back seat and then leaned out the window holding a firearm. Passengers of the suspect vehicle managed to subdue the suspect who then drove away quickly. The victim followed the suspect vehicle to Stafford Marketplace and called the Sheriff’s Office. Units were unable to locate the suspect vehicle at the time.

Later that evening, Deputy Taylor was patrolling in the area of Garrisonville Road and Wolverine Way when he observed a vehicle driving very slowly. The vehicle then pulled over and the driver exited. At that point, the deputy realized the disabled vehicle was the same vehicle involved in the weapons incident earlier that day.

Additional units subsequently responded to the scene and Peter Burnett, 20, of Stafford was taken into custody. The deputy detected the strong odor of marijuana emanating from that vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded a substance consistent with marijuana and an open bottle containing an alcoholic beverage. A pellet gun was also found in the vehicle.

The suspect confirmed that he was involved in the incident earlier in the day, and that he had pulled out the pellet gun during the altercation.

The suspect was incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond. He is charged with brandishing a firearm, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, driving suspended, possession of marijuana, drinking while operating a motor vehicle, and unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage.

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