Man found not guilty of threatening taxi driver with gun

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Clyde Lamont Dargan was found not guilty Monday of threatening a taxi driver with a gun. Police charged the 42-year-old back on June 7.

According to police, the incident took place in the 4800 block of Warwick Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. Police say that a taxi driver was dropping off two teens at the home. The driver told police that Dargan then came out with a gun and began waving and pointing it at her. Dargan was accusing the driver that she tried to abduct the two teenagers she dropped off.

The driver claimed that Dargan was angry and acting “crazy.” Police say she felt threatened and scared for her life.

Police say the driver immediately left the residence and drove to the South Precinct to report the incident. Police were able to immediately recognize the location of the incident, and Dargan, because of his prior anger and threats of violence to Newport News police officers.

Dargan is the step-father of Kawanza Jamal Beaty, who was shot and killed by Newport News police on July 4, 2015. This was confirmed by 10 On Your Side’s Jason Marks.

Police consulted with the on-call Commonwealth’s Attorney, who suggested that officers conduct a photo line-up and present the probable cause to the magistrate if the victim identified the suspect.

A warrant for Dargan was secured on charges of brandishing a firearm. An emergency protective order was also issued at about 3:00 a.m. Due to Dargan’s previous threats, the decision was made to serve the warrant away from the home. Police were able to contact Dargan and he turned himself in at the magistrate’s office on June 8.

A search warrant was served for the home on Warwick Boulevard and four firearms were seized, including a .380 caliber handgun, a .9mm handgun, a shotgun and a .22 caliber assault style rifle.

Dargan was released on bond.

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