Warrant issued in road rage incident

WARREN — A warrant was issued Monday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for the arrest of a man accused of threatening a father and son with a gun in January as they pushed a disabled vehicle down the road, according to police and court records.

Damone L. Alexander, 25, 1164 Patricia Drive, Girard, was scheduled to appear Monday before Judge Peter J. Kontos for an arraignment and pretrial hearing, but did not show up, prompting the court to issue a warrant, according to court records.

Alexander is charged with aggravated menacing and having a weapon while under disability.

He is free on a $50,000 bond, posted by Around the Clock Bail Bonds, according to court records.

John S. Gramelt, 56, 942 Beechwood Ave., and Sean P. Gramelt, 29, 948 Beechwood Ave., were pushing a broken-down vehicle just after 3 p.m. Jan. 17 when a man confronted and threatened them with a shotgun, according to the police report. John Gramelt told police a man driving a green Ford Escape had threatened them because Gramelt’s black 1992 Ford F-250 truck was blocking the road as they were pushing his black 1993 Jeep Wrangler into his son’s driveway.

When the man drove up to them as they were pushing the vehicle, John Gramelt asked him if he could go around the block or wait a few minutes as they moved the Jeep from the street, according to the police report. The man became extremely upset, saying he was going to drive home, get his weapon, come back and shoot John Gramelt, the report states.

A few minutes later, the man returned, got out of his vehicle and pointed a black weapon at John Gramelt, the report states. Gramelt put his hands in the air as he backed away from the vehicle. The man returned to his vehicle and drove away, according to the report.

Police combed the area until they found a vehicle matching the description in the parking area outside 1164 Patricia Drive.

Officers went to the apartment and after obtaining permission from the apartment’s tenant to search it, police found a black shotgun behind couch cushions in the bedroom. There were four shells in its magazine, the report states.

rfox@tribtoday.com

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