PINE TOWNSHIP | A 52-year-old Pine Township man was taken into custody Sunday morning on allegations of pointing a loaded handgun at one of several bicyclists, who he had reportedly told to "get off the road."
Moses Pagan, of the 1300 North County Line Road, faces felony counts of pointing a loaded firearm and intimidation, according to Porter County Sheriff's Department.
The 61-year-old bicyclist told investigators he and two other men were riding south on LaPorte County Line Road in the area of County Road 1500 North when just before 9 a.m. they were passed by a purple Chrysler PT Cruiser vehicle with a continuously blowing horn that nearly struck them.
The car then stopped and as the bicyclist approached, Pagan reportedly told them to "get off the road." Pagan is also accused of pulling out a small black semi-automatic handgun and pointing it at one of the riders, authorities said.
Pagan reportedly told police he was upset because the three bicyclists were taking up the entire southbound lane. He admitted to honking his horn and said he politely asked the men to ride in single file. He said the riders became upset and an argument erupted, investigators said.
Pagan admitted there was a loaded handgun in a holster on the passenger seat of his vehicle, but said he never touched it or referred to it.
Investigators questioned how the bicyclist could have described the handgun if it had been left in the holster.