Gun-toting motorist arrested for threatening gesture |

Gun-toting motorist arrested for threatening gesture

What started as a verbal altercation between two South Lake Tahoe men Friday led to the arrest of Ildefonso Dalmacio, 60, after he allegedly threatened the other man with a .38-caliber handgun.

According to Sgt. Rick Canale of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, dispatch received a 911 call shortly after 11 a.m. from a 40-year-old man whose work truck had broken down in front of a driveway at 1295 Ski Run Blvd.

The caller reported that Dalmacio had approached him and asked him to move the vehicle. When the man said he couldn’t because the vehicle was broken down, Dalmacio allegedly became very angry and began making gestures with his fingers that he had a gun.

The man reportedly told Dalmacio he was going to contact the police. Upon hearing this, Dalmacio went back to his vehicle, brandished a handgun and drove away in a 1988 Chevy Blazer.

A search ensued, and officers were led to Dalmacio’s residence where they located the suspect vehicle and simultaneously saw another vehicle leaving the residence, driven by a person matching Dalmacio’s description.

Officers followed a 1997 Toyota 4Runner and eventually pulled the vehicle over on Lake View Boulevard at approximately 11:30 a.m.

After removing Dalmacio from his vehicle, officers handcuffed him and placed him a patrol car. The vehicle was then searched for weapons but none were found.

The 40-year-old man was brought to the scene and identified Dalmacio as the man who had pointed the gun at him. The man then made a citizen’s arrest and the police took Dalmacio into custody, booking him on brandishing a weapon towards another motorist, a felony charge in the State of California which carries a punishment of two to three years imprisonment and a $3,000 fine.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers returned to Dalmacio’s residence where they located a .38-caliber pistol.

Dalmacio, who posted $15,000 bail late Friday afternoon will await an early May court date.

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