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Roy Smith, 84, Arrested For Pointing Gun At Anti-Obama Protesters On Georgia Highway Overpass

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Two protesters who spend their days standing on highway overpasses hanging signs demanding the impeachment of President Barack Obama say that a man drove by them pointing a gun.

The claims by Toni Pendley and Marge Moore, who were demonstrating on an overpass that crosses Interstate 85 in Georgia, have now led to the arrest of an 84-year-old man who breathes with the aid of an oxygen tank.

"Doesn't matter what his age was, he still threatened somebody with that gun and he is being held accountable for it," said Gwinnett Police Cpl. Ed Ritter, while conceding that the man, Roy Smith of Norcross, Ga., was “not your typical suspect.”

The incident allegedly occurred on Sept. 28. In an Associated Press report from Oct. 2, the two women said the car pulled up to them and the man pointed the gun and then splashed them with some kind of liquid.

Moore said at the time that she believed the liquid to be a household chemical because it caused a burning sensation on her foot.

Police say that Smith told them he keeps the gun in the car to prevent carjackings. According to a police report, Smith denied pointing the gun at the anti-Obama protesters, saying instead that “everyone was lying on him in an attempt to get him into trouble.”

A passer-by who also saw the gun called 911 and gave police the license plate number of Smith’s car, leading to the octogenarian’s arrest.

Smith now faces three counts of misdemeanor simple assault and pointing a firearm at another person. He is free on $1,000 bond.

“I am glad they arrested somebody. I’m sorry he’s elderly,” said Moore.  “Hopefully this will let people know you can’t do this and get away with it.”

SOURCES: WSB TV, Associated Press (2), WSB Radio