Woman jumps behind wheel to escape armed man who attacked her in car on Long Island

Derrick Bonds, 49
Derrick Bonds, 49 Photo credit Nassau Count PD

ROSLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- Police arrested a 49-year-old man on Long Island for assaulting a woman that he was driving with on Monday evening.

According to detectives, at about 6:15 p.m., a 55-year-old woman was traveling with Derrick Bonds, 49, in his blue 2016 Mazda.

After receiving a telephone call, Bonds allegedly became aggressive and began yelling at the victim that he was “in control” and that the victim was “going to do what he told her to do,” officials said.

When the victim told Bonds that she was not going to do anything he said, police said he became very angry and with the back of his hand he struck the victim’s left cheek and lip causing pain and a laceration.

He then yelled that he was going to retrieve his gun that was in a black bag in the vehicle.

Bonds then pulled the vehicle over, stopped on the side of the road and exited the vehicle to retrieve the weapon, police said.

Photo credit Nassau County PD

The victim in fear of her safety, jumped into the driver’s seat and fled the scene, leaving Bonds on the roadway.

The victim drove to a safe location in front of 373 Willis Ave. in Roslyn Heights and contacted police alerting that there may be a gun in the vehicle.

Upon arrival, officials observed the victim extremely upset and in need of medical assistance.

The woman was transported to a local area hospital for evaluation.

Police were able to locate Bonds in front of 220 Mineola Ave. and placed under arrest.

Bonds' charges include assault, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon unlawful possession of certain ammunition feeding devices not in the home and will be arraigned on Tuesday.

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