Woodbridge man arrested for pulling out gun, impersonating officer in road rage dispute

A Woodbridge man was arrested for a road rage incident in which police say he pulled a gun on another driver and then impersonated a police officer in an attempt to get the victim fired from their job.

Investigators say 25-year-old Robert Thomas got into an argument with another man while they were both driving in a parking lot off of Jefferson Davis Highway Sunday morning. Thomas then followed the victim to a nearby Exxon gas station where the dispute escalated and Thomas pulled out a handgun.

However, police say Thomas was able to figure out where the victim worked and tried to get them in trouble with their boss by pretending to be a cop.

"Through some way, we believe maybe through a shirt that the victim was wearing, the accused was able to determine where he worked, went to his place of employment, actually had a conversation with them, told them he was an off-duty officer with us and tried to get the victim reprimanded, which he actually succeeded initially until we were actually called by the victim," said Prince William County Police Officer Nathan Probus. "We investigated it and we were able to quickly determine that this was a false incident of impersonating a law enforcement officer."

Thomas was charged with brandishing a firearm and impersonating a police officer. He was held on $10,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 29.