DANVERS — A Salisbury man is being held without bail after he allegedly pointed a loaded 9 mm handgun at another driver on Route 95 in Danvers during Tuesday's rush hour commute.
Alan Bondjoukdjian, 43, of 56 Congress St., pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon at his arraignment in Salem District Court late Tuesday afternoon.
Hours earlier, shortly before 8 a.m., Bondjoukdjian was driving south on Route 95, near Exit 50 in Danvers when he was passed by another driver. Bondjoukdjian then went around that car, cutting the other driver off, said prosecutor Michael Varone.
The other driver slowed down, he told police, to let Bondjoukdjian pass. As Bondjoukdjian did so, Varone said, he held up a handgun and pointed it out the window toward the other driver.
Several other drivers saw what had happened, including a driver of a roadside assistance van, said the prosecutor.
State police pulled Bondjoukdjian over and conducted an identification procedure with the other driver, who identified Bondjoukdjian as the man with the gun. Police found that Bondjoukdjian was carrying a loaded 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun, Varone told Judge Carol-Ann Fraser.
Bondjoukdjian was licensed to carry the gun, Varone told the judge.
Fraser scheduled a hearing for Friday to determine whether Bondjoukdjian poses a danger if released. He will be held at Middleton Jail at least through then.
Police have confiscated the handgun pending the outcome of the case.
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