Homer Alaska - News

Story last updated at 9:31 PM on Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Man charged in AP gun assault case

Staff Writer

A man charged with firing a gun at two Anchor Point men after an alleged road rage incident turned himself in Sunday to Alaska State Troopers.

Randall S. Hines, 33, of Homer, was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, a felony, for placing two men in fear of injury by means of a dangerous instrument. Hines was released on a $1,500 bond.

In charging documents, Trooper John Probst wrote that two Anchor Point men said a man had followed them in a dark-blue Blazer or Edge style sport utility vehicle with after-market blue headlights to their home on the Old Sterling Highway about 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. The men had passed the driver in the SUV on the Sterling Highway while returning home from Kenai.

When the driver in the blue SUV confronted the men, one man told troopers the driver said, "You passed me and kicked a rock up. What are you going to do about it?" The men told the driver they weren't going to do anything because the rock was part of the highway. Troopers say the SUV driver then reached out the window with what looked like a revolver and shot one time into the pavement between the two men and the SUV and twice over their heads from about 6 feet away. The men described the SUV driver as being dark skinned with short hair and having a prominent vein on the left side of his neck that stuck out.

On Feb. 25 a tipster called into CrimeStoppers saying the suspect in the alleged assault might be Hines. The tipster said Hines lived in a downstairs unit of a duplex in Homer and drove a dark-blue Ford Edge, a crossover SUV. The tipster said Hines is known to take meticulous care of his car.

Troopers showed the Anchor Point men a photo lineup that included photos of Hines. Both men identified Hines. Probst also said Hines is the registered owner of a dark-blue Ford Edge.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.