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Olathe man arrested, charged with threatening motorists with handgun on K-10

June 24, 2013

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A 40-year-old Olathe man has been charged with aggravated assault after two Eudora women reported being threatened with a gun on Kansas Highway 10.

An 18-year-old Eudora woman reported that she was driving east on K-10, just outside the Lawrence city limits, when someone in another vehicle threatened her and a passenger in her car with a handgun. Deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office investigated and arrested Alfonzo R. Smith about 4 p.m. Sunday at his home in Olathe.

Smith was booked into Douglas County Jail Sunday and appeared in Douglas County District Court Monday afternoon, via video from the jail. Douglas County prosecutors charged him with aggravated assault, a felony that can carry a sentence of probation or up to 34 months in prison, depending on a person's criminal history.

Prosecutors said Smith appeared to have no criminal record. Pro Tem Judge James George set bond in the case at $7,500, and Smith is scheduled to appear in court again on July 3.

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Alceste 9 months, 3 weeks ago

bad_dog opines above: "Stay out of the passing lane unless you are overtaking/passing and you won't have nearly as many incidents of lights flashing and gesticulating."

Many at time a motorist gets "stuck" in the "passing lane" on K-10 due to the congestion in the right lane.

The bottom line is that those exceeding the speed limit....many times by 15-20mph.....are, essentially, "aggravated assaulting....." when they are so close to the rear end of a car. It is intimidating, threatening, and violent. Aggressive citation writing relative to following too closely (Alceste knows the bad dog can cite that statute too....) needs to occur along with out and out arrests for assault......

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bearded_gnome 9 months, 3 weeks ago

given training for CCW, likely gun dude was not CCW.


I hope the young ladies recover from the trauma of this. having a gun pointed at you in this situation had to be terrifying.

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dlkrm 9 months, 3 weeks ago

When someone threatens your life, the answer to "were you shooting to injure or shooting to kill?" is "neither, I was shooting to stop him."

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Alceste 9 months, 3 weeks ago

"Threatened". Is this manner of "threatening" any different than the motorist on K-10 tailgating you....perhaps 20 feet behind one's moving vehicle travelling at a 72mph rate of speed ......flashing their lights and gesticulating for one to move over to another lane?

Seems to Alceste they're both pretty similar. Bottom line is motoring on K-10 is a "...take your life in your hands.....' event.....

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mikekt 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Can anybody say " send this nut to counseling " along with whatever sentence that he gets, .......which assumes that he is the one, that actually did this ?

Innocent until tried .

Who ever did that, needs their head shrunk or needs some sort of serious mental evaluation & treatment !

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Choton 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Reminds me of the following news item I saw on the BBC News website this morning:

Germany motorway shooter 'motivated by bad driving' Police in Germany say the man they have arrested over more than 700 motorway shootings fired at other vehicles because of anger over bad driving. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23045280

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LJ Whirled 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I never pull a gun on bad drivers. Instead, I just fire imaginary missiles at them, then smile and get over it.

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50YearResident 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Don't ass-u-me that this guy was a concealed permit holder, thank you.

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kawrivercrow 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Let's say, hypothetically, the girls genuinely felt their life was in danger. Let's say they had their own firearm...let's make it a legal CCW situation for the sake of argument. At what point would they be justified in firing (with intent to kill) in this setting?

Any educated CCWers or attorneys have any serious insight into this question?

Would it change anything if the victim of harassment was a lone male with a shotgun, coming back from a skeet shoot?

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George_Braziller 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Wasn't there another incident similar to this on K-10 fairly recently? I remember reading about it but I can't recall any of the details.

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ksjayhawk74 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Pointing a gun at another car while driving is illegal in the state of Kansas? That what we call a Texas turn signal.

What about the 2nd amendment?!?!

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UfoPilot 9 months, 4 weeks ago

And just how are they supposed to prove that he did this in court?

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Fatty_McButterpants 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Given that most young drivers do not know the rules of the road, thanks to education cuts eliminating such things as driver's education, it is understandable that one could get upset over the way that they tailgate, fail to yield the passing lane, etc., but that does NOT excuse the behavior alleged here.

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jane_doe 9 months, 4 weeks ago

40 year old man threatening an 18 year old girl with a gun....

bully

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Charlie Bannister 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Classic road rage sounds like. Since you folks at the LJW don't seem to care for what I post on here and see fit to remove my comments, I will certainly remember that come newspaper renewal time. Adios.

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Pywacket 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I don't think there's anything more that matters, unless the women pulled a gun on him first and he was defending himself. If they were tailgating or cut him off in traffic, or did anything else unsafe or illegal, he should have called 911 and given the police their tag number and description. Short of him acting in self defense, it doesn't really matter whether there was more to this story. He should not have pulled a gun on anyone.

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Steve Swaggerty 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Does anyone else think there's MORE to this story than we're being told? A man with no Criminal Record aims a gun at two women for NO reason?

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tomatogrower 9 months, 4 weeks ago

If he has a concealed carry, they better take it away from him. Another "responsible" gun owner.

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Number_1_Grandma 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Another CCW holder i'll bet...

Give someone a gun and all of a sudden they are Billy Badass...

Another Zimmerman....felt threatened?!

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bearded_gnome 9 months, 4 weeks ago

probation. wanna bet?
whatta slug.

Fonzie should go away to the big house.

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Garth Atchison 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Take his gun and his car away--for a very long time.

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