Man Flashes Gun At Neighbor In Front Of School Bus Stop
Police hold an Uzi submachine gun they said a man pointed at his neighbor Monday morning.
39-year-old Guy Viengsamay Rajasombath (Image courtesy Metro Nashville Police Department)
NASHVILLE, Tenn.– A man has been charged after police said he brandished an unloaded semiautomatic weapon at a neighbor during an argument. The incident happened in front of a bus stop where children were waiting to go to school.
Officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department were called to the intersection of Jay Street and Lutie Street in South Nashville around 8:30 a.m. Monday.
The neighbors had an ongoing conflict that escalated.
According to the police affidavit, 39-year-old Guy Viengsamay Rajasombath and his neighbor, Troy Bennett, were arguing over the way Rajasombath was treating Bennett's children.
Officials said 10 students waiting at the bus stop were playing in the yard and family members began yelling at them.
According to police, an elderly woman picked up a metal pipe but stayed in her yard. They did not say if the woman made any kind of threats. Bennett then reportedly took off his belt and made threats.
At that point, Rajasombath briefly went into his house and came back with a weapon.
Bennett told police it was an "Uzi-type" weapon. He said Rajasombath pointed it at him, pulled the bolt back and said he was going to kill him if he did not leave.
Investigators said Rajasombath was in his own yard and did not point the weapon at anyone.
The gun was identified as a "Master Pierce Arms 9mm semi automatic MAC-10 variant type weapon," according to the affidavit.
Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said the gun was not loaded and there were no rounds in a separate magazine the suspect had. Police said Rajasombath had purchased the gun legally.
Aaron also said there was no ammunition for the gun inside the house.
The students witnessed the incident and saw the weapon.
When police arrived on scene, they took Rajasombath into custody. He was booked into the Davidson County Correctional Facility and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a class C felony.
They said he told police he brought the gun out to scare Bennett away.
Bond was set at $25,000.
Officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools said they were moving the bus stop so the students would not be near the conflict area in the future.
A student resource officer was on hand after school at the old bus stop to ensure there were no problems and make sure students got home safely.