Police: Woman holds gun on man while driving on Route 1 near Rehoboth Beach

August 23, 2020

A Pennsylvania woman faces charges Aug. 23 after police say she held a man at gunpoint while driving along Route 1 near Rehoboth Beach.

The incident began at 1 a.m. when Melissa Matthews, 43, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., struck another car with her pickup truck in the parking lot of Big Chill Surf Cantina, 19406 Coastal Hwy., said Cpl. Jason Hatchell of the Delaware State Police.

The 37-year-old man whose car was hit agreed to sit in Matthews’ car to discuss the crash when she refused to exchange insurance information. When the man threatened to call police, Hatchell said, Matthews took off driving down Route 1 and refused to let the man out of her truck. She then took out a handgun and held it in her right hand while continuing to drive. She got lost in a development, but some witnesses to the parking lot crash found the truck and blocked it until police arrived, Hatchell said.

The victim was not injured during the incident.

Troopers found a loaded Glock-22 .40-caliber handgun inside the truck and charged Matthews with felony first-degree unlawful imprisonment, felony aggravated menacing, and failure to provide information at collision scene resulting in property damage. She was arraigned and committed to Delores J. Baylor Correctional Institution in default of $7,100 secured bond.


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