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Woman living in fear after man pulls gun in road rage incident

Posted at 7:30 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 11:25:16-04

A Las Vegas valley woman is living in fear after she says a man pulled a gun out and pointed it at her face in an apparent road rage incident.

She didn't want to use her name or face because the man is still out there and she's terrified by what happened.

She says she was driving to work near Eastern and Sahara avenues early in the morning while it was still dark outside. She says she was the only one on the road and was cruising along when another car was driving fast, pulling up behind her and eventually cutting right in front of her.

She says that's when she threw her hands up as if he cut her off.  But that small gesture was enough to escalate things quickly.

She says by the time they got to the next light, he rolled down his window and cursed at her. She says that's when he pulled out a gun and pointed it at her face.

"All I saw was the black," she says. "I knew I had to escape."  

She says she quickly looked to make sure no one else was coming and turned left on a red light to get away from him. She called police but he's still on the loose.

13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert and retired Las Vegas police Lt. Randy Sutton says these kinds of cases are common and can be set off with even a minor gesture.  

It's not the first big case of road rage recently. Last week, a mother and daughter were driving and followed by a man after a road rage incident. The woman apparently tried to pull into the parking lot of the UNLV public safety building for safety and even then was shot at.

Sutton says both women did the right thing.  

He says if something like this happens, try to escape, and even if you can't find a police station to pull over, pull over anywhere with a lot of people like a gas station, so there can be witnesses, and the situation can deescalate.