Wellington man charged with pointing gun during road rage incident

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Anthony Decandia

An apparent act of road rage landed a Wellington man in jail Thursday for allegedly pointing a gun at a tow truck driver.

Anthony Frank Decandia, 51, was charged in connection with an incident from last November in Boca Raton. He is facing one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to a Boca Raton police arrest report, a 44-year-old driver for Interstate Towing told police officers he was stopped at a red light at Glades and Butts Roads that night when Decandia pulled alongside him and yelled profanities.

“I’m going to blow your head off,” Decandia allegedly told the tow truck driver as he reached for a weapon. Decandia’s wife grabbed his arm and yelled for him not to do that, the report said.  The tow truck driver got Decandia’s license plate before driving away and reporting the incident to his dispatcher.

Decandia’s wife reportedly called the tow company to complain about the driver. When asked about her husband pointing a gun, she allegedly replied: “It’s OK, he has a permit.”

The tow company employee reportedly explained to her that pointing a weapon was not OK and said that he would be contacting police.

Police investigators confirmed the vehicle’s registration information and met with Decandia a few days later at his job. At first he denied having a weapon, but told officers the tow truck driver had driven erratically and nearly hit his Ford Explorer, the report said. Decandia reportedly told officers he got angry because he believed that act was intentional.

He later admitted to trying to pull a weapon and said he did so to protect his family, the report said.  He remained in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail Friday in lieu of $3,000 bail.

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