Man accused of threatening newspaper worker with gun

Man accused of threatening newspaper worker with gun

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police arrested Joey Randazzo on an aggravated assault charge after they say he threatened a newspaper delivery driver with a gun.

At 3:45 Tuesday morning officers responded to a shots fired call at Big Al's, 910 Magnolia.

James Cypress, 27, a sales associate for

The Jonesboro Sun,

told police he parked in Randazzo's driveway in the 1300-block of Thomas Green Road to prepare newspapers for delivery when the 48-year-old suspect approached him.

Randazzo reportedly asked Cypress what he was doing on his property.

Cypress told police when he explained he was delivering papers


Randazzo showed him a large silver revolver and said “he did not care what he was doing, he did not want (racial slur) on his property.”

Randazzo then pointed the gun at Cypress and said “he would shoot him if he did not leave,” the incident report stated.

As he drove away, Cypress told police he heard Randazzo fire a shot.

Cypress drove to Big Al's and called police.

Randazzo told officers dispatched to his home that he had confronted Cypress because “he did not know who the guy was who pulled into his driveway at 4 in the morning.”

He claimed Cypress did not identify himself as an employee of

The Sun.

The suspect then admitted he fired a “warning shot” as Cypress drove away, the report stated.

Randazzo then told officers where they could find the weapon inside his home.

After locating the .44 Ruger, which contained 5 live rounds and 1 spent round, Officer Jonathan Haggans arrested Randazzo and took him to the Craighead County Sheriff's Office to be charged with aggravated assault and discharging firearms with city limits.

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