Northside man arrested in incident on Rankin Drive
armed citizens quell mad driver)
By Dan Scanlan
A 28-year-old Northside man was arrested Sunday
on two charges of aggravated battery after police said he rammed two people with
his car in the 1800 block of Rankin Drive, then was shot at by a neighbor until
he drove away.
Police said a woman was dumping leaves over a
fence at 4:30 p.m. when a car accelerated at her and pinned her to the fence.
The 33-year-old woman said she pounded on the window and the driver fled, only
to hit a 55-year-old man a few doors away, pinning him against a house and
breaking his leg, then hitting him again.
The woman ran inside and told her father, who
came outside with a handgun looking for the driver and saw his 55-year-old
neighbor crawling on his grass pleading for help, then saw the driver walking
toward him and another neighbor, who also armed himself.
When the driver refused to stop, police said, a
warning shot was fired into the ground, at which time he jumped into his car and
headed for the father, who fired more shots into the man's front and rear tires
before the man fled.
Police said they found the man in the 5100
block of Martha Ann Drive and arrested him.
[Let's just be glad the neighbors didn't have
to search for a key to unLOCK their guns!! There is no telling how this would
have gone had armed citizens not stopped this madman.]
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