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Road-Raging Driver Pulls Sword On Woman Who Honked At Him

North Providence, RI – A road-raging motorist armed with a sword allegedly threatened a woman during a heated confrontation in the middle of the street last month.

The incident occurred at approximately 12 p.m. on May 19, WLNE reported.

Alexa D’Anella, 29, said she was driving along Admiral Street with her boyfriend when another driver suddenly cut her off.

D’Anella said she honked her horn, at which point the other driver whipped around and blocked her vehicle with his so she could not pass, WLNE reported.

The suspect then allegedly got out of his vehicle armed with a sword and headed towards her car.

“He came out with a sword,” D’Anella told WLNE. “I thought it was a gun at first. I was so scared and he had this sword the size of my lower body!”

The woman locked her doors as her boyfriend took out his phone and began recording the confrontation.

The suspect started banging on the window of D’Anella’s vehicle and ordered her and her boyfriend to get out, WLNE reported.

He also allegedly pulled on the door handles in an attempt to get inside.

The armed man eventually gave up, got back into his vehicle, and sped away, D’Anella Said.

Police ultimately tracked the suspect down and arrested him on charges of disorderly conduct, assault, and weapons-related offenses, WJAR reported.

He has been identified as 23-year-old Xariel Olivo.

“I felt like he was almost up to no good to begin with, because who drives around with a sword like that?” D’Anella told WLNE. “It was almost like he was looking for, you know, to start something with somebody, and I just so happened to be the one to beep at him.”

She said she hopes Olivo’s arrest makes him think twice about threatening anyone else in the future.

Olivo’s next court hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 15.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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