PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Port Charlotte man who pulled a handgun on a visiting family of four stemming from a road rage incident Friday. Charles D. Knight, 47, of 1020 Darby Drive was arrested on four felony counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
CCSO received a call at 5:22 p.m. from the out of town man who said they were on their way to his parents’ house for the Easter weekend with his wife and two daughters ages 7 and 14. They got off I-75 at the Jones Loop exit-161 and proceeded to U.S. 41. At that intersection, they stopped behind several cars back from the red traffic light. He stopped before the railroad tracks so his vehicle wouldn’t be on the tracks, but it did block the right turn lane onto U.S. 41.
The man told deputies a red pickup truck pulled up behind him and the female driver started throwing up her hands, screaming and cursing. The male passenger, Knight, also was screaming at the family of four. The pickup parked so close it was easy to look into the truck and see the two occupants. Knight attempted to get out of the pickup but his wife pulled him back in.
The couple stated Knight displayed a black handgun and this made his children scream and cry in fear of being hurt. The man said he was in fear for the safety of himself and his family and met deputies at a gas station at that intersection after the traffic moved on. They gave a description of the man, his pickup, and a partial license tag number. Communications was able to run the tag number with the description of the pickup that identified Knight as the owner of the red Chevrolet pickup. Deputies located Knight at a home on Lindsay Avenue. A photo line-up was shown to the victims and they positively identified Knight as the man who waived a handgun at them. Deputies seized the 9mm Glock firearm from inside the pickup for evidence, and transported Knight to the Charlotte County Jail. Knight posted a $20,000 bond and was released Saturday.