Some frightening moments for a 19-year-old who considered it a typical commute to work – until she looked over and saw a weapon pointed right toward her.
“I saw the silver and the barrel and I knew it was a gun automatically.”
That was the last thing De’Angela Johnson was expecting as she drove to work last Tuesday. She says the road rage started on northbound I-75 near Exit 61 in Hazel Park. For some reason, a man driving a Chevy Cruze wouldn’t let her over.
“I was trying to get to the right. He goes this way - so I try to go to the other right. He didn't let me go this way so he flicked me off and he starts saying words. I didn't even know what he said.”
But Johnson knew it wasn’t good.
The 19-year-old says she tried to stay out of the way - behind the irate driver - but the chaotic confrontation would only intensify. Johnson got a bad feeling just as she got ready to take the exit ramp at Big Beaver.
“When I get to Exit 67 something’s telling me to look in the rearview mirror. Something told me to take my phone out and record. I see him speeding and I see he has the window down, and then he points a gun at me and keeps driving.”
Johnson tried not to panic. She drove straight to work and called Troy police who are now working to track the guy down.
“What I like to remind people of. When you have an incident the first thing you need to do – besides looking to identify the person - is to get the license plate number. Even if it is someone else’s car we will be able to figure that out,” said Capt. Bod Redmond, Troy Police.
Johnson only remembers the first three letters of the Cruze license plate – CNA.
As for the road rage suspect – she says he’s in his early 20’s, has blonde curly hair, and was wearing nice chrome sunglasses.
It’s not a lot for police to go on, and they hope the public can help.
Johnson believes it didn’t have to get to this point.
“I am young, still trying to live life and I feel like he didn’t' even have to do that. If I did anything to offend you or anything with the car, I could have easily said I am sorry, I apologize. it was not meant to be, but I did not do anything.”
It was hard for us to see in the cell phone video, but Johnson confirms she saw a silver and black handgun pointed in her direction.