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Road rage drives fleeing father, daughter into Raleigh grocery store

Posted February 27

— A man is in jail after police say he terrorized a Raleigh father and his 14-year-old daughter in what appeared to be a random case of road rage.

Remy Blaisdell Gagnon, 25, of 1805 Spiny Ridge Court, was arrested Wednesday on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and careless and reckless driving in connection with the Feb. 8 encounter.

Police say Gagnon repeatedly rammed his SUV into the car of Jay Jost, beginning in a neighborhood behind Ridgewood Shopping Center on Wade Avenue.

Gagnon then followed Jost into the shopping center's parking lot and continued hitting the back of the car," according to a 911 call.

"Look, he just broke my window broke my – I'm freaking out," Jost told emergency dispatchers. "He's trying to kill us. Please send someone."

According to the call, Jost's car was rammed at least five times before he and his daughter jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a Whole Foods grocery store.

Jost told the 911 operator it appeared Gagnon might be drunk.

Police say Gagnon followed them inside the store. Officers arrived shortly thereafter.

Gagnon was later taken to Rex Hospital and then taken to another facility for in-patient treatment, police said.

He was arrested following his release Wednesday and was also charged with two counts of simple assault for allegedly kicking an EMS employee and biting a firefighter, police said.

Gagnon was in the Wake County Detention Center Thursday under a $170,000 bond.

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  • Lightfoot3 Feb 28, 7:37 p.m.

    “I probably have a better chance of getting gunned down while waiting in line at Whole Foods by some armed citizen 'defending themselves' than getting harmed by Mr. Road Rage” – Mr. Middle of the Road


    Can you cite any cases of this happening? You’ve probably got a better chance of being gunned down by cops blasting all over the place.


    “But the police did show up” – Mr. Middle of the Road


    Yep, this time. But there’s case after case after case of them showing up late to the party, and having to draw the white line around the body.

  • mekanik911 Feb 28, 7:09 p.m.

    Looks like you (Mr. Middle of the road) and me are the only two that have guts enough to protect ourselves. What just what could have happened if Mr. Police had'nt have arrived in time. My daughter would have been taken care of I would say, after the second time Mr. Gagnon hit my truck.

  • Viewer Feb 28, 5:37 p.m.

    Daddy had a car to protect his daughter with. Big car vs small bullet: Guess which is more... View More

    — Posted by Viewer

    What a silly statement. Cars are not bullet proof. In fact, a bullet in the engine block would... View More

    — Posted by Monkey_Joe

    Not by any normal handgun cartridge.

  • Monkey_Joe Feb 28, 5:03 p.m.

    Daddy had a car to protect his daughter with. Big car vs small bullet: Guess which is more... View More

    — Posted by Viewer

    What a silly statement. Cars are not bullet proof. In fact, a bullet in the engine block would have ended this quickly and everyone could have woken up in the morning.

  • Zoey0815 Feb 28, 4:08 p.m.

    The father and daughter lived and better yet, the daughter didn't have to witness her father blow someones head off. All in all, I'd say that everyone did their job. I'm just sorry that all these commentators don't feel the situation was handled properly because no one was shot to death.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 28, 4:07 p.m.

    I have been in EMS for over 5 years, I have been to several shhotings, assaults and have had a... View More

    — Posted by rh428wf

    But the police did show up, and handled the situation as they have been trained to do. Mr. Jost... View More

    — Posted by Mr. Middle of the Road

    You don't have to worry about me, I can take care of myself and my family. I probably have a better chance of getting gunned down while waiting in line at Whole Foods by some armed citizen 'defending themselves' than getting harmed by Mr. Road Rage. But if it makes you feel better, carry that six shooter around with you. Just try not to shoot anyone in line at Staples.

  • kikinc Feb 28, 4:06 p.m.

    Who cares if the father may have done something to set this guy off? So what if he cut him off? I get cut off on a daily basis by horrible/distracted/ignorant drivers every day. Never once have I chased someone, hit them with my car, and then chased them into a store.

    If you think that's okay behavior, you must have a couple screws loose, too.

    If you think someone is driving too aggressively or reckless, call the cops. Don't take the law into your own hands. Once you do that, it is YOU that is in the wrong.

  • rh428wf Feb 28, 3:20 p.m.

    Mr. Middle of the road, I'm not saying that killing anyone is making the situation better for anyone involved. Please answer me this. This individual has hit your car several times and chased you and your child into a store. He has already threatened you by his actions and put both your lives in danger. What are you going to do, tell him you live in a civilized society and people don't act like that. That wont work trust me. By the way the Barney Fife gun toten people that you talk down about. My concealed carry permit by law states that if I see someone that is causing eminent danger to someone I can stop them. Please remember that when you are driving and a road rage happens to you and they person drags you out of the car. Dont look around for someone like me.

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 28, 3:11 p.m.

    I have been in EMS for over 5 years, I have been to several shhotings, assaults and have had a... View More

    — Posted by rh428wf

    But the police did show up, and handled the situation as they have been trained to do. Mr. Jost... View More

    — Posted by Mr. Middle of the Road

    They were certainly Lucky I've seen where it takes 45 minutes for police to show up in Durham. Hopefully the father won't leave the safety of his family up to just luck the next time.

  • US VET Feb 28, 2:58 p.m.

    Reasons I, my wife, and my daughters all carry "protection".

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