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Roy man released from jail, charges dropped in alleged road rage incident

By Tim Vandenack - | May 18, 2023

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OGDEN — A Roy man has been released from jail and three charges he faced stemming from an alleged road rage incident in South Ogden on May 2 have been dropped.

“It was a case of mistaken identity. He could prove his alibi,” said Emily Swenson, the attorney representing Caleb Baldwin. Baldwin, who had been jailed since May 10, appeared at a preliminary hearing in 2nd District Court in Ogden on Thursday, when the three charges — though not a fourth gun possession charge — were dismissed.

Baldwin had faced a count of felony discharge of a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon stemming from from the suspected road rage incident. According to original charging documents, a man apparently angered after the vehicle he was traveling in was cut off by another car allegedly fired his gun at the other vehicle, leaving several bullet holes though no injuries.

According to the probable cause affidavit in the case, investigators linked the incident — which occurred in the area of Wall Avenue and Riverdale Road — to a sports-utility vehicle that matched the description of an auto owned by Baldwin’s wife. One of the occupants of the victim vehicle subsequently identified Baldwin in a lineup as the gunman, though a second occupant wasn’t sure.

After Baldwin’s arrest, though, Swenson said the man’s wife jumped into action to prove her husband’s innocence. She sought doorbell video and other surveillance video footage from neighbors around their Roy residence to show he was at home when the May 2 incident unfolded. Baldwin’s supporters were also able to secure video from a Maverik that showed him at that locale in the general timeframe of the incident.

“He was home at the time of the shooting,” Swenson said. Police also interviewed neighbors to verify Baldwin’s whereabouts, she said.

Now, Swenson said, Baldwin — who had been held without bail after his arrest — wants to clear his name from involvement in the road rage incident. Supporters clapped at Thursday’s hearing when charges against the man were dismissed. “He’s upset he was wrongfully accused of a crime,” she said.

When police initially arrested Baldwin at his home in connection with the road rage incident, they found a 9 mm gun, resulting in the felony count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. Court records show that charge remains.

Reps from the Weber County Attorney’s office and South Ogden Police Department didn’t immediately respond to queries Thursday seeking comment.


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