TAMPA — Deputies arrested a man for hurling a pair of nunchucks through the rear window of an SUV during a road-rage incident, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Leonardo Fernandez, 56, faces charges of throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle, criminal mischief, and violation of probation in connection with the incident, which happened just after noon Saturday at Linebaugh Avenue and Sheldon Road in Westchase.
According to the victim, Fernandez cut him off in a white van while driving on Linebaugh Avenue. The victim said he pulled up next to Fernandez in his car and gestured to Fernandez to put his phone down because he believed he was texting and driving.
The victim said Fernandez became enraged and started driving recklessly. At a traffic light, Fernandez got out of his vehicle and threw a pair of nunchucks — dowels connected by a chain — at the victim’s vehicle, the victim said. The nunchucks shattered the victim’s rear window.