Gun-toting Uber driver in court

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - An Uber driver accused of pulling a gun on passengers earlier this month waived a hearing on two criminal charges, sending the case to Kent County Circuit Court.

Christopher Raynon Johnson, 33, is charged with  carrying a concealed weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon. He made a brief appearance Tuesday in Grand Rapids District Court, where he agreed to have the case bound over to circuit court for a possible plea deal or trial.

Grand Rapids police said Johnson picked up riders on Nov. 10 from a bar in downtown Grand Rapids; the riders asked that he drive them home. 

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After the riders complained about the route he was taking, Johnson stopped his vehicle on the on-ramp to northbound U.S. 131 at Market Avenue and ordered them out of the vehicle.

Police said that as they were getting out, Johnson pulled out a gun and pointed it at them. 

The riders fled to the Grand Woods Lounge on Grandville Avenue SW, where they requested  another Uber vehicle to take them home. The arriving Uber  driver ended up being Johnson.

A fight broke out; Johnson was held down until authorities could arrive. Police found a loaded handgun in his vehicle. 

Johnson was released from the Kent County Jail on a $5,000 bond. 

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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