Clay County authorities have a charged a 31-year-old man who allegedly pointed a handgun at a driver after a two-car wreck involving both of them.
Justin Duane Finch, 31, of Kansas City faces a number of criminal charges for the incident that happened Tuesday in Gladstone. They include attempted robbery, tampering, weapons violations and possession of a controlled substance.
According to the court records, Finch allegedly crashed into a vehicle near Northeast Shady Lane and North Flora Avenue in Gladstone but failed to stop after the crash. He drove north on North Flora Avenue on only three tires.
The victim in the crash managed to catch up with Finch near Northeast 69th Terrace and North Flora Avenue. Once there, Finch got out of his SUV, ran up to the victim and brandished a black handgun.
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Finch then demanded the man’s cellphone, but he refused. Finch chambered a round and pointed it at the motorist. The victim sped away and heard a “pop,” which he believes was gunfire, court records stated.
Police found Finch the next day, asleep in the bushes of a business located in the 6800 block of North Wayne Avenue in Gladstone, which was a block away from where the road-rage incident occurred. They also found a handgun in the brushes.
Police discovered the SUV Finch had driven, which was reportedly stolen from North Kansas City, prosecutors alleged.
Court records showed that Finch had prior felony convictions in Buchanan and Jackson counties.