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Hackensack police: Driver in road rage incident ‘loaded for bear’ with guns, ammo

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A North Carolina man who got into a road-rage beef with a Hackensack resident backing out of his driveway first pulled a handgun and then a rifle — and was later found with eight high-capacity magazines of ammo in a bag behind his car seat, city police told CLIFFVIEW PILOT today.

The 31-year-old victim told police he was backing out of his Prospect Avenue driveway near Hackensack University Medical Center around 9:30 yesterday morning when his car nearly collided with one driven by 55-year-old Richard Zahn of Hubert, N.C.

“Each apparently gave each other the finger,” Detective Capt. Thomas Salcedo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon. “But it didn’t stop there.”

Zahn got of his car, threatening to shoot the couple, the captain said.

“The victim said words to the effect of ‘What have you got guns in your car?’ “Salcedo said.

Sure enough, Zahn retrieved a .380-caliber handgun and pointed it at him, the captain said. He then went back and got a .223-caliber rifle, he said.

The victim took off and called police, who found Zahn still in the area. He had apparently come from North Carolina to visit a relative “in a nearby medical facility,” Salcedo said.

Besides the firearms, officers found eight high-capacity magazines of various calibers in a bag behind the driver’s seat, he said.

“He came loaded for bear,” Salcedo said.

The guns are “all registered in North Carolina,” he added. “But this isn’t North Carolina.”

Zahn was being held on $500,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, is charged with aggravated assault and threatening to kill, along with a variety of illegal weapons and ammunition offenses.

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