NEW CASTLE – A Sharon man arrested two weeks ago for allegedly firing shots into another man’s car in New Castle is now facing more charges over accusations that he taunted the alleged victim.
New Castle police charged Raymond Rice, 49, after he allegedly threatened the car owner after leaving his preliminary hearing in Central Court.
Rice is accused of shooting the man’s car June 29 while it was parked in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue, putting two bullet holes in it. The car owner, who lives in an apartment there, told police that Rice had attended his birthday party a few hours earlier, and they had gotten into an argument. The man left with his friend during the evening, and when he returned, a neighbor told him that Rice had returned to the area and the neighbor watched him fire two rounds into the man’s car.
The neighbor said Rice also pointed a black revolver at him and told him he was going to kill the car’s owner.
Rice initially was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a gun without a license, making terroristic threats, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and unlawfully discharging a firearm under a city ordinance.
He was arrested on July 1 and jailed on a $5,000 bond, and he posted bail. He waived all of those charges for court on July 9.
The car owner allegedly reported to police that day that as they were leaving Central Court, Rice followed them out the door and that Rice once in the parking lot called him a name and said multiple times that he would get what he has coming.
He now is additionally charged with two counts of intimidating a witness. An additional jail bond of $2,500 has been set for him in that case and he was committed to the Lawrence County jail.