Man accused of pulling gun in Hardee’s drive thru after road rage incident

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WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WFLA) – A 61-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with a road rage incident that escalated at Hardee’s. Edgardo Asencio was arrested Sunday in Wesley Chapel at the Hardee’s on State Road 54.

A victim called police after getting into a verbal argument with Asencio, according to an affidavit. “The victim stated he was at the drive thru at Hardee’s and placed an order, and the defendant pulled his vehicle to block the path of the victim’s vehicle,” deputies said.

The suspect then exited his 2015 Nisan holding a chrome knife, according to the affidavit. The victim tried to back away, deputies said, but he hit the curb.

Asencio, meanwhile, was swinging the knife side to side, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The “victim stated he exited his 2004 Chrysler because his convertible top was down,” deputies said.

The victim tried talking with the defendant, according to the affidavit. Deputies said the “victim stated the defendant was now close enough and tried (to) slash or cut him in the mid region of his chest area.”

Deputies said Asencio then went back to his vehicle but did not leave. Instead, the suspect grabbed a small black handgun and put it to the victim’s head, deputies said. The victim told law enforcement he feared for his life.

According to the affidavit, the suspect eventually lowered the gun, went back to his vehicle and drove away.

When talking with law enforcement, Asencio said the victim had tried to merge into his lane. He also said the victim was tailgating and eventually gave him the middle finger. The “defendant said the victim was not showing him respect so he made a U-turn to find the victim,” deputies said.

Asencio told deputies the victim gave him the middle finger a second time in the drive thru.

Law enforcement identified the suspect with his firearm permit and driver’s license. He was taken to jail.WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: 

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