Confrontation Between Truckers Leads to Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon Charge
Ocala, FL – A confrontation between two truckers at a Florida truck stop last week led to one of them being arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), 62-year-old Robert Allen Lawson, of Lansing, MI, was arrested last Wednesday night following an argument with another trucker, who was not identified, at a Love’s Travel Stop located at 7791 NW 47th Avenue in Ocala.
Investigators say Lawson was parked and inside his rig in the early evening hours when the victim began pulling into a parking spot nearby.
Lawson then allegedly began blowing his air horn.
Once the victim parked, authorities say witnesses reported seeing the victim approach Lawson’s truck to confront him.
The two men argued, police say.
Lawson later told investigators the victim threatened to assault him, while the victim denies the allegation.
Another trucker who was parked next to Lawson was inside Lawson’s truck at the time of the incident.
According to MCSO investigators, after seeing the two men argue, the witness retrieved a black 9mm handgun from his truck and gave it to Lawson.
A short time later, Lawson approached the victim in the parking lot and brandished the weapon holstered on his hip.
Investigators say the victim claims Lawson pointed to the firearm and said, “I’ll shoot your ass.”
The victim then reported the incident to authorities.
Investigators asked and received permission from Lawson and the witness to search their trucks.
An MCSO deputy discovered a gun inside the witness’s truck under a television.
Additionally, authorities also discovered a black nylon holster in an open cabinet above the TV and one magazine containing seven 9mm rounds in a baby wipes container.
Lawson admitted to authorities it was the gun he brandished during the incident though the owner of the weapon denied the allegation, according to the MCSO.
Lawson was arrested and booked into the Marion County Jail at 8:57 p.m. and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.
Lawson was released the following day after posting $2,000 bond.