DANVERS — A Salisbury man is being held without bail after he was charged with pointing a loaded 9 mm handgun at another driver on Interstate 95 in Danvers during the 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 near Exit 50 when he was passed by another driver. Bondjoukdjian then drove around that car, cutting the other driver off, prosecutor Michael Varone said.
The other driver slowed down, he told police, to let Bondjoukdjian pass. As Bondjoukdjian did so, he held up a handgun and pointed it out the window toward the other driver, Varone said.
Several other drivers saw what had happened, including a driver of a roadside assistance van, the prosecutor said.
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 & 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 gun pending the outcome of the case.
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