AREA MAN CHARGED WITH WEAPONS-RELATED FELONY FOR ALLEGEDLY POINTING FIREARM AT PEOPLE

A Boonville man has been charged with a weapons-related felony for allegedly pointing a gun at other people while in a vehicle in a parking lot on Sunday, November 3.

According to a probable-cause statement, a woman told authorities a green vehicle pulled up next to them, and she observed a white male in the driver’s seat pointing a weapon at her and another person. She described the weapon as a black handgun with a silver tip. She said the other vehicle then sped out of the parking lot.

Officers tracked down the suspect vehicle, and they asked James Robert Scalia if he had any firearms. He said he had a Taurus 9mm on his side; and there was a Hi-Point .380 in the glove box. Scalia reportedly told authorities he was upset due to the vehicle which the reporting party was in had about struck his vehicle, so he sped after them in anger.

Online court documents say a warrant has been issued and Scalia has been charged with a Class E Felony for Unlawful Use of a Weapon- Exhibiting. Bond has been set at $7,500 cash or surety.

Scalia’s initial appearance is pending at Cooper County Circuit Court.