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Man with guns nabbed after cutting off driver in roundabout in The Villages

William Ragains

A man with two fully loaded guns was nabbed in The Villages after cutting off a driver in a roundabout.

William Scott Ragains, 60, of Tampa, was driving a black Dodge Ram pickup at about 11 a.m. Friday in the roundabout at El Camino Real and Buena Vista Boulevard when he cut off a white SUV, forcing the driver to slam on his brakes, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

When the driver of the white SUV blew his horn at Ragains’ pickup truck, Ragains flipped “the bird” and waved a gun out the window, the report said.

The driver of the white SUV – who had his wife, two 13-year-olds, an 11-year-old and an 8-year-old riding as passengers – followed Ragains’ truck in an attempt to get the license plate number. Ragains took off at “a high rate of speed” and was “whipping in between cars and cutting people off,” the arrest report said.

Ragains’ truck was stopped at a Circle K service station at Southern Trace Plaza. A search of the vehicle turned up a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver, hidden under a floor mat in the back seat. Both guns were fully loaded. A container of cocaine was also found in the vehicle. Deputies determined that Ragains had handed the weapons and cocaine to a juvenile who was in the back seat.

A criminal history check showed that Ragains had been convicted in 1980 of drug possession in Virginia.

He was arrested on charges of improper exhibition of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $17,500 bond.

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