PALMDALE – A 36-year-old man accused of pointing a gun at a family during a local road rage incident is now facing two felony charges.
Brandon Michael Dillon was charged Nov. 14 with making criminal threats and assault with a firearm, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges stem from an alleged road rage incident that occurred Wednesday, Nov. 12, between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m., on northbound Sierra Highway, between Avenue P and Avenue M in Palmdale.
Dillon was driving a green Honda Accord, while the alleged victims – two men, a woman, and a young child – were traveling in a black Honda Accord, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz.
Authorities have not elaborated on what took place between the parties. However, Ruiz said the victims were “fearing for their safety” when they flagged down an Operation Safe Streets detective who was driving nearby.
“The victims in the black Accord reported seeing the sole occupant of the green Accord point a handgun at them,” Ruiz stated.
Detectives later conducted a traffic stop on Sierra Highway and arrested Dillon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Two handguns were discovered in Dillon’s vehicle, according to Ruiz.
Dillon was held Nov. 12 on $50,000 bail, but released early the next morning after posting bail. He pleaded not guilty Nov. 14 to making criminal threats and assault with a firearm, according to court records. A preliminary court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 26.
At the conclusion of that hearing, a judge will decide if there is enough evidence against Dillon for the case to move to trial.
Detectives still looking for witnesses
Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to the alleged road rage incident and any events leading up to it. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lancaster Station Operation Safe Streets Office at 661-948-8466.