Road rage leads to shotgun pulled on St. Augustine driver

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In the heat of road rage, a St. Augustine man is accused of pulling a shotgun on another driver and her granddaughter, who was also in the vehicle.

According to the offense report, the incident happened on State Road 312 near Old Moultrie Road Sunday around 7:30 p.m.

Rontress Caldwell, 30, was driving a bronze Hyundai passenger car.

He told the deputy another driver ran him off the road, and he became angry.

“He advised he pulled up next to the victim while in traffic and showed her the firearm," according to the report.

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The other driver and her granddaughter described it differently to the deputy.

According to the report, they said Caldwell pulled in front of them on SR 312 and stopped.

They said he got out of his car and pointed a “sawed off shotgun” at their vehicle.

Then drove off onto Old Moultrie Road. No injuries were reported.

The victims said they pulled into a nearby parking lot, found the same car and feared for their safety.

A St. Johns County Deputy responded to the scene and located Caldwell. He said he obtained permission to search Caldwell’s vehicle from the registered owner.

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The report states that he found a sawedoff shotgun underneath the front passenger seat and two shotgun shells in the cup holder of the center console.

Caldwell was arrested and booked at the St. Johns County Detention Center. According to jail records, he is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, and possession of a weapon of a short-barreled gun rifle or machine gun.

Records indicate Caldwell made bail, his bond was set at $5,000. He was released the next day.

Action News Jax spoke to the woman’s granddaughter, who was in the car during the incident. She asked to keep their identities private.

She said they are OK and hopes the other driver receives justice.