Published May 20, 2013
Man charged with brandishing gun in ‘road rage’ incident
By Jeremy Selweski jSelweski@candgnews.com
MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Two young men were arrested following a confrontation on the road in which one of them allegedly pointed a loaded gun at another driver.
According to Lt. John Michalke of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department, at 6:47 p.m. on May 14, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of Hall and Hayes roads on a report of a threat with a handgun. According to the caller, the dispute began after a white GMC Denali nearly struck his vehicle, a Ford Mustang.
“The victim characterized this as a ‘road rage’ incident,” Michalke said. “After the SUV almost hit him, he caught up to it at a red light, and words were exchanged between the two parties.”
The confrontation escalated after the front-seat passenger of the Denali — later identified as Salvatore Haroon, 20, of Virginia Beach, Va. — suddenly brandished a handgun.
“According to the victim, the passenger put a round in the chamber and then pointed the gun at him,” Michalke said. “(The victim) feared for his safety, so he fled the area once the light turned green.”
Sheriff’s deputies located the Denali traveling northbound on Hayes near 21 Mile Road. They followed the vehicle to Lakeside Boulevard and pulled it over. After making contact with the passenger and driver — Antonio Harmis, 19, of Shelby Township — the deputies noticed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle.
Both men denied threatening another driver or being involved in any type of “road rage” incident. They also claimed that they were not in possession of any firearms.
However, Michalke said, “while searching the vehicle, deputies found a bag of marijuana underneath the passenger seat and a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson (handgun) in the center console. The gun was loaded with six rounds, but the chamber itself was empty.”
Haroon and Harmis were placed under arrest. The next day, Haroon was arraigned in 41-A District Court in Shelby Township on charges of felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon, while Harmis was arraigned on May 17 for carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. Magistrate Michael Osaer set a $10,000 personal bond for both suspects and scheduled a preliminary exam for May 28 at 9 a.m.
Considering the circumstances — an individual allegedly pointing a loaded gun at another person at close range — Michalke is thankful that the incident did not turn out even worse. “It was a crazy situation,” he said, “so I’m just glad that no one was hurt.”