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L.A. Man Held on Suspicion of Firing Shot Into Woman's Car

January 21, 1988

A Los Angeles man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of firing a bullet into a car carrying a mother and her two children, authorities said.

Ward P. Gotheridge was arrested by Burbank police about 12:30 p.m., officers said.

Nicoleta Stasuc told police that she was driving on Brand Boulevard, south of Glenoaks Boulevard in Glendale, shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday when a man driving a white Mercury pulled out from behind her vehicle, pulled in front of her and slowed his car.

Stasuc said moments after she drove her car around the Mercury and moved back in front of it, the Mercury driver pulled his car alongside hers.

Stasuc and her children told police they heard a thud, but did not see a gun. At the same time the side mirror on the driver's side shattered.

There were no injuries reported, police said.

Stasuc wrote down the Mercury's license and gave it to police. The vehicle was registered to Gotheridge, police said.

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