GROVELAND — An apparent road rage incident in which shots were fired from a BB gun has led to multiple felony charges for a Rochester man, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Rex R. Digennaro, 50, was charged with seven counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony; seven counts of second-degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor; two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony; five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor; and one count of third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony.
The charges stem from an Aug. 19 incident that occurred about 7:45 p.m. on Interstate 390 in the Town of Groveland. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a road rage incident involving an occupant of one vehicle shooting at another vehicle while traveling north on the interstate.
Deputies located the vehicles traveling northbound on Interstate 390 and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle that was reported to be involved in the shooting. The driver and suspected shooter was taken into custody without incident and identified as Digennaro, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The investigation alleged that Digennaro brandished a Glock replica style pistol BB gun and fired it at the other vehicle. Digennaro’s alleged actions caused one of the windows of the other vehicle to shatter, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The vehicle that was struck was occupied by seven individuals, including five who were 14 years old or younger, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Digennaro was transported to Livingston County Jail following his arrest and turned over to Central Booking deputies for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office requested bail of $5,000 cash or credit, or $10,000 bond.
Digennaro was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of North Dansville Justice David Werth, who remanded Digennaro to the custody of the sheriff with bail set at $4,000 cash or credit, or $8,000 bond.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Digennaro at the arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office was notified, but did not appear at the arraignment.
Assisting with the investigation on-scene for the Sheriff’s Office were members of the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Forensic Identification Unit and Command Staff.