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Monday, April 15, 2024

Ocala man threatens several people with gun during road rage incidents, deputies say

A 31-year-old Ocala man was arrested on aggravated assault charges after several individuals claimed that he threatened them with a firearm during separate road rage incidents.

On Wednesday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the area of SE Maricamp Road and SE 58th Avenue in Ocala in reference to a firearm being displayed and fired on the roadway. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with two victims who advised that a dark gray vehicle “began pacing their vehicle” by speeding up and slowing down in the fast lane on Maricamp Road, according to the arrest report.

The victims stated that the driver of the vehicle in question, identified in the report as Michael Anthony Roldan, allegedly displayed a black handgun during the altercation and fired one shot in the direction of their vehicle.

Michael Anthony Roldan
Michael Anthony Roldan, 31, of Ocala

Both victims told the deputy that there was no prior altercation with Roldan and they “did not know who he was.” The deputy noted in the report that a search was conducted near the edges of the roadway, but shell casings were not located.

The sheriff’s office soon received a separate call for service in the same area in reference to another road rage incident involving a firearm. A female witness stated that she was traveling on SE 64th Avenue Road when she encountered a dark gray vehicle, which was being driven by Roldan, according to the report.

The witness stated that the gray vehicle was tailgating her vehicle when she “tapped the brakes,” causing the driver, Roldan, to swerve in order to avoid a collision. According to the statement from the witness, Roldan proceeded to “follow her even closer” until she reached the intersection of SE 58th Avenue and SE Maricamp Road.

While stopped at the intersection, the witness stated that Roldan began “yelling at her and waving around a black handgun.” She was able to take a photograph of the gray vehicle’s license plate, and the report stated that a computer check confirmed that Roldan was the registered owner of the vehicle.

The witness told the deputy that she did not fear Roldan during the altercation, and she added that she was “just upset” that the firearm had allegedly been pointed at her, according to the report.

The deputy responded to Roldan’s residence and entered the property with permission from his spouse. Roldan was located inside the home, and he was detained in handcuffs. The report stated that a black handgun belonging to Roldan was found inside the center console of his vehicle.

The deputy noted in the report that the two victims and witness each positively identified Roldan as the man who had displayed a firearm during the separate road rage incidents.

After being read his Miranda rights, Roldan initially denied being involved in any altercation. The report stated that he then “changed his story” and claimed that he was involved in an altercation with a man who had allegedly “pulled a gun on him.”

Roldan further denied shooting his firearm, and he stated that he “never displayed (it) to anyone.”

Roldan was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond. He is being charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.