Man Charged with Having Unlicensed Firearm After Road Rage Incident in Watertown

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A Watertown man faces a series of charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of an firearm without a serial number, after being involved in a road rage incident on Wednesday.

Watertown Police Chief Justin Hanrahan has announced Friday that Ali Alananzeh, 23, of Watertown, was arraigned today in connection with the road rage incident that occurred on March 20 at the intersection of Grove Street and Coolidge Avenue. The incident was reported at about 1 a.m. on Thursday.

“The victim reported that he was turning onto Grove Street when the driver of another vehicle, later identified as Mr. Ali Alananzeh, swerved in front him and blocked his vehicle,” said the Watertown Police announcement. “The driver then exited the vehicle before reportedly displayed a knife and proceeding to open the trunk of his vehicle and threatened to retrieve a gun and shoot the victim. The victim feared for his life and fled the scene before reporting the incident at the Watertown Police Station and providing police with the license plate of the alleged vehicle.”

Officers located Alananzeh at his home and took him into custody.

“A subsequent search warrant was granted and executed. A loaded firearm was seized from the trunk of the suspect’s vehicle,” according to the announcement.

On Friday, Alananzeh was arraigned in Waltham District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, threat to commit a crime, possession of a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a firearm without a serial number, possession of ammunition, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and marked lines violation.

A dangerousness hearing was also held Friday, and Alananzeh was held on $5,000 bail with conditions that include staying away from and having no contact with the victim or witnesses, not to drive, to have GPS monitoring, and adhering to a curfew, according to the Watertown Police announcement. The next court hearing is on May 2.

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