A Port St. Lucie man was arrested Sunday after he fired a “warning shot” at a teenager who allegedly stole his phone, according to police.
Joseph Albert Giancontieri, 26, is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The 17-year-old male is facing a charge of grand theft.
Giancontieri bought a cellphone for $300 from the teenager on Saturday, but was unable to connect it to his service provider, city police said. He arranged to meet the teen at the McDonald’s on Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevard south of Gatlin Boulevard to return the phone.
During the meeting, Giancontieri said the 17-year-old gave him $300 in counterfeit money. Confronted about the phone money, the teenager said he would exchange it inside the McDonald’s but fled, police said.
Giancontieri allegedly pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired a warning shot.
Giancontieri told police that the teenager pulled a knife on him, forcing him to fire a shot. Police were unable to find a knife, Giancontieri’s cellphone or the $300.
Giancontieri was taken to the St. Lucie County Jail for booking and the 17-yea-old was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.
Port St. Lucie police ask anyone wishing to complete “meet-up” transaction to do so at a designated area at police headquarters for their own safety.