Man Accused of Pointing Gun at Driver...

Man Accused of Pointing Gun at Drivers on I-77

There are 25 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from Jan 17, 2010, titled Man Accused of Pointing Gun at Drivers on I-77. In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

A northeast Ohio man is under arrest accused of pointing a gun at drivers. Richfield Police tell Fox 8 News, the incident happened Saturday on I-77 near the 271 interchange.

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www_cabbiebill_c om

Lakewood, OH

#1 Jan 17, 2010
I was one of thoses drivers I actually didn't believe my eyes but I surely call 911 right away and really shock two hours later I got a call from the police and never believe that he was true ... I am a cab driver that was robbed and shot in Aug 2008 and it truly brought back some bad memory
curious

Medina, OH

#2 Jan 17, 2010
Thank God for those of you who did call the police so this man could be caught. So many people today avoid getting involved so long as they can save themselves. We need to stop looking the other way and start stepping up and speaking up against wrongdoers. Thank you to those of you who did and do.
yehaw

Macedonia, OH

#3 Jan 17, 2010
Way to go 2nd shift in Richfield....Great response and nobody was hurt! Great job guys!
Andy R

Cleveland, OH

#4 Jan 17, 2010
It is quite clear that this person is in need of help. He meant no harm since the so called "gun" was just an imitation of a real gun. The problem with people and society today is that everybody wamts to become the "hero" by causing harm to people who are crying out for help. The individual "caught" on the side of the highway is not a criminal and therefore, people should not think that they did a great deed by calling the police to report this individual. The real criminals are the reckless fools who drive like they own the roads and highways around the area.
curious

Medina, OH

#5 Jan 17, 2010
No Andy, we cannot excuse bad behavior by saying "they need help". I agree they need help but what he did is WRONG and is CRIMINAL. Until we quit making excuses for bad behavior, we will not be able to provide any help. The first step to getting help is admitting something is WRONG. It's time to draw the line.
I will not accept bad behavior and will continue to report it as such. I hope and pray many will continue to do the same. Good job to those of you who did. Keep up the good work!!!!
Andy R wrote:
It is quite clear that this person is in need of help. He meant no harm since the so called "gun" was just an imitation of a real gun. The problem with people and society today is that everybody wamts to become the "hero" by causing harm to people who are crying out for help. The individual "caught" on the side of the highway is not a criminal and therefore, people should not think that they did a great deed by calling the police to report this individual. The real criminals are the reckless fools who drive like they own the roads and highways around the area.
Kim

Westlake, OH

#6 Jan 17, 2010
The highways are getting too frightening.
duh

Rocky River, OH

#7 Jan 17, 2010
a liberal lawyer will get him off.
Sue in Barberton

Tulsa, OK

#8 Jan 17, 2010
curious wrote:
No Andy, we cannot excuse bad behavior by saying "they need help". I agree they need help but what he did is WRONG and is CRIMINAL. Until we quit making excuses for bad behavior, we will not be able to provide any help. The first step to getting help is admitting something is WRONG. It's time to draw the line.
I will not accept bad behavior and will continue to report it as such. I hope and pray many will continue to do the same. Good job to those of you who did. Keep up the good work!!!!
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I'm glad that no one was injured or killed. I agree this young man is in serious need of professional help. I hope the court system will make him get it.
First OF All IDIOTS

Louisville, OH

#9 Jan 17, 2010
How many times do you hear about people being mugged on the side of the road when they are broke down Or whatever just sitting there.

I know if it was me you came upon and didnt see you coming or expect I will take defensive measures until i am sure your not a threat dont be so quick to judge you idiots.

You dumb asses always jump the gun before the whole story comes out why not try waiting for the whole story before you judge idiots.

See i judged you all idiots cause you showed how much of an idiot you are for judging without all the facts.

I hope one day something stupid happens to you and it gets plastered on the news and you werent in the wrong but all the facts arent out and i hope the idiots misjudge you also.

dumb asses
BEBOP

Ravenna, OH

#10 Jan 17, 2010
I WISH I would of saw him,maybe he had his pants on the ground.I would of taking a shot @ him.Just one less idiot to deal with.
Jake

Wooster, OH

#11 Jan 17, 2010
Here we go again with the copycats. This sorry soul couldn't even afford a real gun.
Way to go slick!
Jake

Wooster, OH

#12 Jan 17, 2010
First OF All IDIOTS wrote:
How many times do you hear about people being mugged on the side of the road when they are broke down Or whatever just sitting there.
I know if it was me you came upon and didnt see you coming or expect I will take defensive measures until i am sure your not a threat dont be so quick to judge you idiots.
You dumb asses always jump the gun before the whole story comes out why not try waiting for the whole story before you judge idiots.
See i judged you all idiots cause you showed how much of an idiot you are for judging without all the facts.
I hope one day something stupid happens to you and it gets plastered on the news and you werent in the wrong but all the facts arent out and i hope the idiots misjudge you also.
dumb asses
Your really stuck on this "idiots" thing huh?
BTW, might want to check out an English Comp course at the local school.
Wilhelm

Elyria, OH

#13 Jan 17, 2010
Andy R wrote:
It is quite clear that this person is in need of help. He meant no harm since the so called "gun" was just an imitation of a real gun. The problem with people and society today is that everybody wamts to become the "hero" by causing harm to people who are crying out for help. The individual "caught" on the side of the highway is not a criminal and therefore, people should not think that they did a great deed by calling the police to report this individual. The real criminals are the reckless fools who drive like they own the roads and highways around the area.
Andy, with respect, his actions were a violation of the Ohio Revised Code and were therefore criminal.
If he was indeed "crying out for help" he should have chosen some other method.
After 18 years as a police officer, I can assure you that if an individual points what appears to be a firearm at me, I will respon as I have been trained.
I have no wish to be a "hero" nor have I an overwhelming desire to cause harm.
I wish simply to keep myself alive.
An action that leads another to belive their life is in jeopardy is a swift ticket to having one's name sand blasted on a granite slab.
Felix

North Olmsted, OH

#14 Jan 17, 2010
I am visiting Cleveland and I came across this story on the news tonight. This poor soul who was on the side of the road seems to be a lost person who is not thinking with any rational thought. There seems to be a John Wayne type mentality with many people in this country these days. This mentality includes trying to take the law into their own hands and causing harm to people like the poor soul at the side of the highway. There are too many people who don't know how to mind their own business and want to make a big deal out of some trivial behavioral problems exhibited by other people. Anybody who behaves badly is not a criminal. There is a big difference between a criminal and a person who behaves badly. I am surprised to see some of the comments on this board. Curious finds anybody who commits bad behavior to be a criminal and therefore, he or she probably thinks that every college student is a criminal since college students tend to behave badly from time to time. This person at the side of the road was wrong for doing what he did, but he is not a criminal in the true sense of the word. I think that there are many paranoid and scared people in the good old U.S.A. and that is why many people make a big deal over minor behavioral issues of other people.
mehere

Olmsted Falls, OH

#15 Jan 18, 2010
Andy R and Felix, It's bleeding heart liberals like you that there are so many repeat offenders out on the streets. What this man did was against the law and he is lucky noone had a gun and shot back at him!!!! Fine, he may need help but let him get evaluated and then let him pay for what he did. There are laws that state you cannnot cause panic and threaten people like this man did. Hope that they put him away for a long time.

Since: Dec 09

United States

#16 Jan 18, 2010
This guy wanted to appear threatening, evidenced by his behavior. It's fortunate that he did not choose to threaten someone like this one on one, or the ending could have been markedly different. Some folks on this forum don't see this as criminal behavior, perhaps some of them would be willing to provide mentoring, or financial aid for this fellow. My opinion is that a person pointing a percieved pistol at me would require a defensive response, likely resulting in a bad end for the 'gunman'. No bleeding heart here.
kathie

Wadsworth, OH

#17 Jan 18, 2010
The facts are: He is obviously STUPID (for reasons unknown at this point). It was criminal to do what he did. And thirdly, he is one lucky man....someone with a loaded gun could have acted in defense and shot him dead. Maybe that is what he was aiming for???
CanalFulton

Akron, OH

#18 Jan 18, 2010
I think that Andy R and Felix should invite this "Poor Soul" to live in their home with their children for a while, then see if they still think this lunatic criminal is worthy of anything besides jail. Being arrested was the best case scenario for this man. He could have ended up dead. I am glad he is off the streets good job to all involved for doing the right thing.
Anti-O

Ravenna, OH

#19 Jan 18, 2010
Just another wack job that needs to be locked up in a straight jacket. He'll probably blame his mommy and daddy for all of his problems.
Mike

Madison, OH

#20 Jan 18, 2010
Jake wrote:
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Your really stuck on this "idiots" thing huh?
BTW, might want to check out an English Comp course at the local school.
Jake, any person who has taken an English Comp course would realize it is "You're" not "Your". "Your" is possessive, as in "your house". "You're" is the contraction for "you are".

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