Police: Rock Hill man flashed stolen gun in fit of road rage

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comDecember 2, 2013 

— A Rock Hill man accused of displaying a stolen gun to a driver during a road rage incident on Thanksgiving while a child sat nearby told police he flashed the pistol as a deterrent, according to a police report.

At about 5 p.m. Thursday, police were sent to the 400 block of South Cherry Road after a Clover man, 23, and woman, 20, reported that a passenger in a blue Pontiac pointed a gun at them during an unspecified road rage incident while driving north on Cherry Road, a Rock Hill police report states. They told police they were able to maneuver away from the Pontiac and followed from a safe distance while calling police.

Police stopped a blue 2008 Pontiac Torrent at the intersection of Cherry Road and Oakland Avenue and spoke with the three people inside, the report states. They also found a child, whose age was not available, sitting in the left rear passenger’s seat. Police searched the car and found a 9mm pistol in a cardboard box in the car’s cargo area, the report states, and shotgun shells on the floorboard. Police determined the gun had been stolen from Nebraska.

Travon Forte, 25, told police he held the firearm during the road rage incident and presented it to the other driver, but maintained that he did not point it at them, the report states. He told police he “had an idea” the gun was stolen because he bought it from an “unknown male subject at an unknown location,” the report states.

Police charged Forte with possession of a stolen pistol and cited him for disorderly conduct offering violence. He was released from jail on Friday on $5,000 bond.

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