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Aberdeen man allegedly pointed gun at driver in Harford road rage incident; 10 additional firearms seized, police say

An Aberdeen man is being held without bond after he allegedly pointed a handgun at the driver of another vehicle in an apparent road rage incident Tuesday in Harford County.

Robert Hays Salsbery, 46, of the 200 block of Schmechel Street, faces two counts each of of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, as well as other firearms-related charges. He is being held at the Harford County Detention Center, with a bail review hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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Robert A. Salsbery, of Aberdeen, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and other counts after allegedly pointing a gun at a driver during an apparent road rage incident in Joppa Tuesday.
Robert A. Salsbery, of Aberdeen, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and other counts after allegedly pointing a gun at a driver during an apparent road rage incident in Joppa Tuesday. (Courtesy Maryland State Police)

Online court records do not list an attorney for Salsbery.

A woman and her passenger were traveling in an orange Volkswagon along Route 40 near Joppa Farm Road around 3 p.m. Tuesday when she swerved to avoid a pothole and subsequently cut off Salsbery, driving a white Chevrolet Equinox, in the process, according to Maryland State Police, which is investigating the incident.

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Salsbery pulled up next to the woman’s car and pointed a handgun and her and her passenger, police said, before speeding off.

The woman contacted police, who later located Salsbery at Route 40 and Edgewood Road, where troopers placed him under arrest.

A Ruger .380-caliber handgun was found inside Salsbery’s vehicle, police said.

After obtaining a warrant, troopers from the Bel Air barrack along with the state police’s Criminal Enforcement Division, searched Salsbery’s home in Aberdeen. Because another occupant of Salsbery’s residence was prohibited from possessing a firearm, 10 additional guns were seized during the search, police said. Police did not identify the occupant.

Editor’s note: Due to new information from Maryland State Police, this story has been updated to clarify the firearms seized from Salsbery’s home were because another person there was legally prohibited from owning a firearm.

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