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Authorities: Family thought man's BB gun was real gun
Road rage case moves on to Superior Court
Ivan Aguilar-Yebra
Ivan Arturo Aguilar Yebra

A man driving with his family told Hall County authorities he was afraid a fellow driver had a real gun pointed at him, according to testimony Thursday in Magistrate Court.

Ivan Arturo Aguilar Yebra, 24, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault Sept. 5 following an alleged road rage incident, according to authorities.

Deputy Kristi Smith said officers found a BB gun that looked like a semiautomatic pistol Sept. 5 when searching an Audi passenger car at Ga. 347 and McEver Road.

Dispatch received a call earlier around 7 p.m. that day about an aggressive driver on I-985 at exit 12 in Flowery Branch. Smith said Jonathan Lam, the man who called 911, was almost hit multiple times while driving.

Lam, a driver on Interstate 985 with his wife and two sons in the car, told authorities he encountered Yebra’s car, claiming the car’s occupants made inappropriate gestures.

According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the gestures included “flipping the driver the bird” and “mooning.”

Yebra then allegedly pointed the BB gun while the cars traveled down the interstate, according to authorities.

“The wife was still very scared,” Smith said, adding that the oldest son reiterated much of what his father said.

Lam followed Yebra and called 911 until deputies made the traffic stop, according to authorities.

When discovered at the later traffic stop, authorities said, the gun had BBs inside it.

Yebra sat with defense attorney Adam Cain, who cross-examined the deputy on the visibility conditions that day. Smith said there was still daylight out with clear skies at the time on the interstate.

The case moved on to Superior Court.

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