Scranton man charged in road rage incident

Joseph Kohut, The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.
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May 4—A Scranton man pointed a gun at a woman in Dickson City on Saturday during a road rage incident, borough police said.

Robert Wallen, 53, 621 S. Irving Ave., is charged with firearms not to be carried without a license, recklessly endangering another person, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Wallen got into a dispute with a man, Patrick Sweeney, near the Viewmont Mall shortly before 3 p.m., Patrolman Matthew Gallagher wrote in a criminal complaint.

Wallen told police that a blue Honda, driven by Sweeney's mother, cut off his Range Rover and the pair got into an argument when they came to a stop. He claimed that someone in the Honda flashed a gun, so he grabbed his.

Sweeney told police it was Wallen who cut them off and escalated the incident by reaching into the Honda to grab at his mother.

Sweeney grabbed his mother's pepper ball gun to deter him, but Wallen had a 9mm handgun, which he cocked and pointed at her after saying he would kill her, according to the complaint.

Police found the handgun in Wallen's Land Rover. Wallen does not have a gun permit, police said.

Magisterial District Judge Laura M. Turlip remanded Wallen to the Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday.

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