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Ash Fork Man Arrested After A Road Rage Inicident Monday Near Williams

Robert Burgess

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An Ash Fork man has been arrested after a road rage incident near Williams Monday. Coconino County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call in the area of Espee Road and Highway 64 north of Williams on a report of a man driving a water truck, pointing a gun at people in a vehicle with three kids inside. When deputies arrived on scene the victims indicated they had been heading northbound on Highway 64, attempting to pass a slow-moving water truck in the northbound lane. As they attempted to pass the water truck it sped up and prevented the vehicle from returning into the northbound lane. The vehicle had to accelerate to get around the water truck and prevent a collision with southbound traffic. The victims then saw an emergency vehicle parked on Espee Road just west of Highway 64 and turned off the highway to contact and report the driving behavior. Shortly after, the water truck pulled in behind the victims’ vehicle and the driver began yelling at the victims from his driver seat. The driver pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the occupants who had exited the vehicle and was standing at the back of it. The fire chief tried to intervene and stop the argument from escalating. The water truck then drove off towards the Junipine Estates neighborhood. The water truck was later located near a residence in Junipine Estates. The driver was identified as 51-year-old Robert Burgess Junior of Ash Fork. He admitted to pointing his gun at the vehicle. The firearm was later seized after Burgess turned it over to a friend after the incident. He is currently being held at the Coconino County Detention Facility on a count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, five counts of disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon, and four counts of endangerment. He is being held on a ten-thousand dollar bond.