Police: Tallahassee man pulls gun on victim during road rage incident

Tallahassee man pulls gun on victim during road rage incident
Posted at 12:25 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 13:53:49-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Police say a Tallahassee man is facing assault charges after he pulled an AR styled pistol on a victim because the victim was taking too long at a Chick-Fil-A stop sign.  

Mark Thayer, 26, was arrested over the weekend and jailed on a $30,000 bond. He has since bonded out.

Police were called to the Taco Bell at 3839 Capital Circle NE on April 26 about a man who had pointed an AR styled pistol at a victim.

When officers spoke to the victim, the victim stated that he, his wife, and their infant child were stopped at a stop sign in the parking lot of the Chick-Fil-A at 3101 Capital Circle NE.

While there, a person who was in a silver Toyota Camry behind them honked at he victim, and eventually the victim moved his vehicle. After the victim's vehicle moved, the suspect in the Camry pulled forward and gestured at the victim with his middle finger.

The victim said he and his wife laughed the gesture off, and the victim moved his car behind the suspect's vehicle. The suspect inside the Camry motioned for the victim to follow him.

Eventually both the victim's and the suspect's cars ended up in the parking lot of the Taco Bell. The victim then got out of his car and asked the suspect why he gestured for the victim to follow him.

That's when the suspect drove past the victim's vehicle and pointed a black AR pistol at him threatening to, "spray" the victim before driving off. The victim said that the suspect "looked like he was gonna shoot" and "looked like he was serious."

The victim said he got back in his car and followed behind the suspect to write down his license plate before calling 911. After the suspect realized the victim was behind him, he maneuvered behind the victim's car and told the victim, "Imma kill you."

When police later spoke with the suspect, identified as Thayer, he told them that the victim's vehicle was stopped at the stop sign and was not moving, so he honked his horn. 

The victim's vehicle still didn't move, according to Thayer, so he went around,"warned" the victim and kept going. After getting past the victim, Thayer said the victim's car followed him, making him nervous. 

With some prompting from police, Thayer admitted that he had placed a gun in his lap after parking at Taco Bell, because he thought "something" would happen. According to Thayer, the victim threatened to beat him up. 

He denied ever pulling out the pistol, despite the victim knowing specific details about the weapon, to include the fact that the victim knew it was an AR pistol rather than a generic black gun.

When police searched Thayer's car, they found the AR pistol, a loaded magazine, and a Chick-Fil-A bag. Based on the evidence, police found probable cause to charge Thayer with two counts of aggravated assault.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on May 23 and Thayer was taken into custody on Sunday.