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Angry Driver Threatens Another At Gunpoint On Halsted Street

The Chicago Heights man pointed a pistol at another driver after she merged onto Halsted from the Tri-State tollway.

DeWayne Armstrong, 47, of 221 Frederick Drive, Chicago Heights, was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon on Friday, June 15 after he allegedly pointed a .45 caliber handgun at a female motorist with whom he had a traffic incident moments before.

Armstrong, who was upset about the way the woman merged onto Halsted at the Tri-State tollway around 4:15 p.m., drove around her, aimed the pistol at her, and shook the gun several times, police said. The woman then stopped to call police.

Officers located and stopped Armstrong in the 18000 block of Halsted where they said he appeared to be separating and pulling something apart. He and another man, later identified as his nephew, were forced from the vehicle at gunpoint, according to the police report. Police recovered the firearm and a fully loaded magazine with 10 hollow-point bullets in it from the floorboard behind the driver’s seat. Armstrong had a bond hearing in Markham June 16. His nephew was not charged.

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Smokehouse Brown June 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
It is time to deal very harshly with these hoodrats that just don't understand this will not be tolerated.
JoeyJoeJoeShabadoo June 21, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Aiming the pistol would have been scary, but man . . . when he shook the pistol, well, that's just full on bad-ass. Seriously, though -- that merge (the yield coming off the westbound tollway onto Halsted) is going to cause some accidents. Just sayin.'
TG June 21, 2012 at 05:22 PM
You can say that again. The way the entrance ramp is set up now is seriously dangerous. Drivers approaching Halsted can't tell until they reach the point were they will need to merge that there is only one lane to merge into because the concrete barriers block their vision.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I can testify to this. I think I've had a bad experience with that merger nearly every time I've been on it.
Resident June 21, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I agree... that merge is an accident waiting to happen.
Doug June 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Its unbelievable how these comments go so quickly from someone threatening some one else with a handgun to complaining about the traffic control on a construction project. Ryan, by "bad experience" do you mean you've been threatened or do you mean you've had to start packing? Help me out here Smokehouse.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Doug, I think I understand your frustration, but by no means am I trying to negate the severity of the crime. I would hope it goes without saying that I'm very disturbed to know that someone was pointing a gun, fully loaded with hollow point bullets, at someone on the road just because her driving angered him. At the same time, I don't think it's wrong for a conversation to evolve and reveal another community concern.
Doug June 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM
If there is that much concern, then a simple call to the Illinois Department of Transportation is all it takes regarding the merging of traffic. Merging, by definition, requires drivers to "merge" in a civilized manor. Unfortunately my experience is this rarely occurs.

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