Former Ravens star Terrell Suggs arrested, charged with assault in Arizona after allegedly threatening to kill another driver

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BALTIMORE — Former Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was arrested in Arizona on Tuesday after allegedly threatening to kill another driver and pulling out a gun at a Starbucks drive-through last month, according to police records.

Suggs, 41, was charged with threatening and intimidating, and disorderly conduct with a weapon. He was released early Wednesday morning on supervised release.

The charges stem from a March 10 incident in Scottsdale, where Suggs lives.

After pulling too far forward in the drive-through lane at Starbucks, Suggs backed up and the back of his black Range Rover made contact with the alleged victim’s vehicle, according to police. The man then exited his vehicle and approached Suggs, who also exited his car, and an argument ensued before both parties returned to their vehicles and finished placing their orders, according to police.

According to police, when Suggs drove away, he stuck his middle finger up at the other man, who began to swear at Suggs and the two exchanged obscenities. Suggs then stopped his car and stuck a handgun out of the driver’s side window. He did not point it at the other man, according to police records, but the alleged victim took it as a threat and wrote down Suggs’ license plate number before calling police.

The alleged victim’s car had a recording device that captured audio and video of the incident and the police officer who was first on the scene identified Suggs.


Suggs was stopped by detectives at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday and a weapon was found in his car, according to a police report.

Through a representative, Suggs issued a statement on Wednesday to The Baltimore Sun.

“I was in a quiet area of Scottsdale in the middle of the day in a Starbucks drive-thru near my home when an incident happened with a vehicle behind me. I was getting coffee, I was not looking for any trouble,” Suggs said. “When the man in the other vehicle escalated the situation, I feared for my safety not knowing what his intentions were. Throughout the incident, I was the one who felt in danger, while fearing I would be followed home and for the safety of my family nearby at my residence.”

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 29.


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