Road rage incident in Delaware preschool parking lot leads to terroristic threatening charges

Road rage led to charges of “terroristic threatening” in the parking lot of a Delaware daycare center where both the victim and the suspect had called 911.

Tuesday morning in Newark, Delaware, aggressive driving culminated in an arrest on multiple felony charges for 35-year-old Tyesha Bethea. Though New Castle County Police did not elaborate on how the altercation had begun on Kirkwood Highway, it was clear when both parties pulled over at the Kinder Care daycare center, at least one had no interest in deescalating the situation.

According to the report from law enforcement, “Patrol Officers were dispatched to Kinder Care located on Meadowood Drive,” roughly 20 minutes southwest of Wilmington, Delaware, “Newark regarding a terroristic threatening incident involving a weapon.”

It was there that the NCCPD detailed the unnamed victim had approached the suspect’s car on her own in an attempt to speak with Bethea when, instead, a weapon was drawn on her and she was threatened.

“The victim reported that she and the suspect pulled into nearby parking lots following the initial road rage. The victim stated she drove towards the suspect to speak with her further. While the victim was sitting inside her vehicle the suspect was standing outside of her car,” the police report stated. “The suspect then approached the victim’s vehicle and pointed a black handgun at her. The suspect then struck the victim’s car multiple times by swinging the handgun causing minor damages.”

The victim wasn’t alone in calling 911 as Bethea was also reported having contacted the police. However, her call to report the incident denied the possession of a weapon along with having made any threats against the victim.

A search of the suspect’s vehicle initially led to the discovery of an empty holster which triggered a more thorough search at which point officers located a 9mm handgun hidden beneath a child’s car seat. The report did not indicate whether or not a child had been present during the road rage incident and if Bethea had headed to the daycare center possibly to drop off or pick up a child.

What was indicated were the numerous felony charges leveled against Bethea that included one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Additional charges included one count of carrying a concealed deadly weapon, one count of aggravated menacing, and one count of possession of a weapon in a safe school zone.

Further charges included two misdemeanor counts; one for terroristic threatening and one for criminal mischief.

Following her arrest, Bethea was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was later placed in Delores J Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution with her bail set at $88,000. No future court dates were indicated by the report from law enforcement.


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