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Police arrest St. Petersburg man in parking lot assault, suspect him in second incident

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a 20-year-old man they said threatened another driver by shooting two handguns into the air after a near-collision in the parking lot of convenience store last week.

Jousue Rodriguez of St. Petersburg was arrested Thursday afternoon while behind the wheel of a white Ford Explorer police said he was driving during Friday's incident at Sunshine Food Convenience Store on 62 Avenue S.

Rodriguez, who was identified through tips from people who saw a surveillance video police released Tuesday, is suspected in a second aggravated assault the day before.

Around midnight Thursday Rodriguez drove past an unidentified 22-year-old motorist and abruptly pulled his Explorer off the road near Roy Hanna Drive and 25th Way S, police said.

Concerned the people in the Explorer might be in trouble, the 22-year-old pulled alongside the stopped vehicle, police said.

Rodriguez emerged from the Explorer with a handgun in each hand and pointed them at the 22-year-old, demanding to know what he wanted, police said.

When the man explained he just wanted to help, police said Rodriguez put the guns into his waistband. The would-be Good Samaritan drove away and called 911.

Police said two other men were in the Explorer at the time, but neither was seen with guns.

Rodriguez, who was charged Friday with two counts of aggravated assault stemming from the convenience store incident, has a history of arrests in both Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, according to jail records. The charges, which date back several years, include grand theft, fraud, domestic battery, burglary, driving with a suspended license and violating probation.

Police were still seeking the second man involved in Friday's assault near the convenience store. Police described the unidentified man as black, 18 to 22 years old, 5 feet 9, weighing about 150 pounds and wearing dark pants with no shirt.

Police said the two assaulted a 22-year-old man after their cars nearly collided in the parking lot.

Rodriguez allegedly pointed a gun at the other driver at the time of the near-crash and then followed him to the Pinellas Point Apartments, at 2125 62nd Place S, where he pulled up next to his car, got out and began firing two handguns, as his unidentified passenger shot one, into the air. The two men unloaded 18 rounds in all, police said.

Police arrest St. Petersburg man in parking lot assault, suspect him in second incident 07/21/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 3:35pm]
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