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Brainerd man brandishes gun in alleged road rage incident

A 29-year-old Brainerd man faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and stalking stemming from an argument Wednesday at a northeast Brainerd intersection.

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Joshua David Leibold Fields, 29, Brainerd, appeared in Crow Wing County District Court Thursday after allegedly following a 22-year-old man and brandishing a pistol Wednesday morning.

A 29-year-old Brainerd man faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and stalking stemming from an argument Wednesday at a northeast Brainerd intersection.

Joshua David Leibold Fields, 29, Brainerd, appeared in Crow Wing County District Court Thursday after allegedly following a 22-year-old man and brandishing a pistol Wednesday morning.

At 10:15 a.m., Brainerd police were called to the Brainerd Car Wash at 801 Mill Ave. to speak with a man, identified as C.B.T., who said he was the victim of an assault involving a firearm with an unknown male. C.B.T. told police he was walking on I Street on his way to work when the confrontation began.

According to the criminal complaint, C.B.T. was preparing to cross 10th Avenue Northeast at I Street when a man, later identified as Fields, approached the intersection in a white Explorer. The vehicle appeared to be going too fast, C.B.T. said, and he felt he had the right-of-way as a pedestrian. When Fields passed, C.B.T. shouted and threw up his hands in the air.

Fields then slammed on his brakes, backed up the vehicle and exited, allegedly approaching C.B.T. in an aggressive manner. The two began arguing, and C.B.T. said Fields shoved him and threw his hat to the ground. C.B.T. said he told Fields he did not want to fight and began walking again along I Street.

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He observed Fields continue on 10th Avenue and turn west on H Street, driving slowly. C.B.T. said he felt as though he was being watched, became nervous and called a friend to pick him up.

Shortly after, Fields allegedly turned north into an alley between Eighth and Ninth avenues and began approaching C.B.T., shouting at him. Fields then did a U-turn, C.B.T. said, and approached him again, driving aggressively. Fields then allegedly parked his vehicle, exited and challenged C.B.T. to a fight. C.B.T. told police he did not act aggressively himself and told Fields he had called a friend for a ride.

At this time, Fields reached into his chest jacket pocket and retrieved a small black pistol, working the slide, according to the complaint. C.B.T. said Fields did not point the gun at him, but his behavior made him "extremely frightened." Moments later, C.B.T.'s friend arrived to pick him up. Fields got back into his vehicle and left the area.

Brainerd officers then went to Fields' residence, identified after C.B.T. provided the license plate number of the white Explorer. Fields allegedly admitted to the confrontation, further admitting to following C.B.T. and pulling out his pistol. Fields said he pulled out the gun "only to place it in his car," the complaint states.

Fields faces felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, an offense carrying a maximum penalty of seven years and/or a $14,000 fine, and gross misdemeanor stalking, carrying a maximum penalty of one year and/or a $3,000 fine.

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