San Francisco PD: Man accused of gunpoint robbery over minor traffic collision
Above: Items confiscated during search of Scott’s home in Stockton | San Francisco PD
A Stockton man was recently arrested for allegedly robbing two men at gunpoint over a minor traffic collision, according to San Francisco police.
On the morning of November 28, two young men (both 19) contacted San Francisco police to report a robbery. Officers soon learned that what had started out as a minor traffic collision had escalated to a much more dangerous situation.
The two victims had reportedly been driving on 19th Avenue when they accidentally struck the rear bumper of the car in front of them at a stoplight. When they pulled over to check the damage, they saw the other vehicle speeding after them and also heard sounds of gunfire.
The victims told police that the driver of the other car, later identified as 50-year-old Howard Scott of Stockton, caught up with them at 15th and Irving, got out of his car holding a gun, and demanded that the two victims follow him to a second location where they would then pay him for the damage to his bumper.
The victims followed Scott to Kezar Stadium, where they transferred money and were then allowed to leave, police said.
After identifying Scott as the primary suspect, authorities secured a search warrant for his home and a warrant for his arrest, ultimately taking him into custody on December 6.
Upon a search of Scott’s home, authorities also found two polymer rifles, various ammunition magazines, and over a thousand rounds of ammunition, police said.