Gretna Police allege road rage led to aggravated assault _lowres

Leonard Richard

A Friday night road rage incident led to a man’s arrest on one count of aggravated assault, Gretna Police said in an arrest report.

Police said that the victim told them he was exiting the Westbank Expressway in Gretna when a man pulled out in front of him from a parking lot, nearly hitting him.

The man said he honked at the other driver, then went to pass him on Franklin Avenue. As he passed the other man, police said, he saw the man pointing a silver handgun at him. The man told police he ducked down in his car and sped away, in fear for his life.

When police caught up with 58-year-old Leonard Richard, of Gretna, in the 700 block of Franklin Avenue, he told them that he had only pointed his two fingers -- and not a gun -- at the other man, according to the report.

Police said that they found a silver Ruger handgun lying on the floor of Richard’s car. They booked him on a count of aggravated assault.

Richard was released from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna on Saturday on $25,000 bond. Attempts to reach him on Monday were unsuccessful.