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Florence man faces assault with a weapon charge
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Florence man faces assault with a weapon charge

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A Florence motorist faces a felony charge after being accused of pointing a gun at another driver.

Robin Del Pearson, 58, was charged with assault with a weapon, a felony, and misdemeanor theft.

According to the charging affidavit, on Wednesday evening a motorist called authorities to report that a man driving a black Chevy truck northbound on Highways 93 toward Stevensville pointed a gun at him.

A Montana Highway Patrol trooper stopped the truck and asked the driver if he had weapons in the vehicle; the man responded that he did, in the trunk, the affidavit said. He told the trooper that a car in front of his truck had been speeding up and slowing down, and said he exchanged hand gestures with the other driver but denied brandishing a gun.

The other driver told the trooper the black truck had almost hit his vehicle and that it began to tailgate him. That driver said the man pulled out a black gun, chambered a round and then held his dog while pointing the gun, according to the affidavit.

The trooper found a black pistol in the truck with a round in the chamber, and missing one round in the magazine, the affidavit said.

When talking to the trooper, Pearson said he “wanted to get his hands on” the other driver and formed his hand into the shape of a “finger gun,” according to the affidavit. When the trooper asked about the gesture, he said he didn't realize he'd done that, it said.

The trooper also seized several other guns from Pearson’s vehicle including an AK-47-style rifle that came back as stolen through a dispatch check of the serial number.

Pearson said he bought the gun from a friend but couldn’t name the friend or the contact information, according to the affidavit.

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