UPDATE (Nov. 29, 2022): Charles Kuhn pleaded guilty to pointing a firearm. Battery and criminal recklessness charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced to 365 days, with the bulk of the sentence suspended. He was ordered to do community service and undergo anger management classes.
INDIANAPOLIS — Police have made an arrest in a road rage incident in which they say a gun was displayed and pointed at a 17-year-old on the southeast side of Indianapolis.
On Sunday, May 8, IMPD Southeast District officers were sent to the 6300 block of Lonestar Drive, where they spoke to a 17-year-old and a parent. The teen told police a man assaulted him and pointed a gun at him earlier that day at the intersection of County Line and Combs roads.
No physical injuries were seen on the teen, and he admitted he tossed a water bottle from his vehicle out of his car window, which agitated the suspect.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the teenager told police he threw the bottle out of his vehicle as he was leaving the Speedway gas station near Stop 11 Road and S. Arlington Avenue.
A man in a blue Nissan pulled beside the teen, called him a “trash bug”, then pulled over in front of him and brandished a handgun, say court documents.
The man then followed the teen to his mother’s neighborhood. The 17-year-old told police he threw another bottle of water, this time intentionally at the Nissan, as he stopped at a stop sign. That bottle of water was uncapped and partially full, according to court documents.
The Nissan driver pointed a handgun at least twice before the final encounter at County Line and Combs roads, claimed the teenager.
During that final encounter, the teen told police the other driver got out of his vehicle and then opened the teen’s door with a “gun in his right hand.” He claimed the man swung the gun at his head, but he ducked. The man did end up hitting the teen’s wrist, likely in an attempt to remove a cell phone he was using to record the incident, police confirmed in the affidavit.
The teen was able to capture cell phone video of the man that showed him holding a black handgun while yelling obscenities, and IMPD shared an image from the footage publicly. That image was broadcast on FOX59 and posted on FOX59.com.
Detectives say after receiving “overwhelming tips and assistance from the community,” they identified Charles Kuhn, 60, as the suspect.
The teenager also identified Kuhn in a photo line-up, and the Speedway station confirmed a Speedy Rewards card and Visa card registered to Kuhn was used at the station shortly before the encounter with the teen.
Kuhn was arrested Wednesday for pointing a firearm and battery. Police say multiple handguns were seized after executing a search warrant at Kuhn’s home, including the gun they believe was used in the encounter, a a Glock 9 mm handgun.
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) will make the final charging decision.