MOORHEAD — A 27-year-old West Fargo man is in jail after police say he threatened a woman with a handgun after getting into an argument on the road with her over her bumper sticker supporting Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.
About 12 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, officers were sent to a commercial area along Eighth Street South near the Interstate 94 interchange for a disturbance call. A woman told police she was driving southbound in the 1000 block of Eighth Street South near Concordia College when a man pulled up next to her and yelled at her, saying he disliked her bumper sticker supporting Warren.
Moorhead police spokesman Capt. Deric Swenson later said the man’s vehicle had a pro-Donald Trump sticker on it.
Police said in a news release that the man, later identified as Joseph Schumacher, then pointed to his own political bumper sticker and talked about his different political views. Swenson said the woman had “engaged” with the man for about eight blocks before he drove past the woman's vehicle and held up a handgun.
Officers were able to locate the suspect inside a restaurant in the Brookdale Shopping Center and found a loaded handgun in his vehicle's center console, according to the release. Police said the passenger in the suspect's vehicle confirmed what reportedly happened.
Schumacher was booked into the Clay County Jail and is facing charges of felony terroristic threats and having a loaded handgun inside a vehicle without a permit, a misdemeanor.
Swenson said the incident is a reminder for drivers to avoid engaging with aggressive drivers while on the road.
"Don't go off on side roads and end up in a residential area," he said. "Find a nice, busy area to stay in and call 911 — and if you go and park — go to a place that is well populated and well lit."