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Meadville man threatens men with BB gun

Submitted Mon, 06/25/2012 - 11:05am by Andy Alm

A Meadville man is arrested for threatening to shoot two men with what turned out to be a BB gun. Meadville police say the incident happened at 5:44 p.m. Sunday.  Police were called to the corner of Water and Walnut Streets for a man on a second floor apartment of 851 Water Street who had pointed what was believed to be a shotgun at two men walking on the sidewalk on Walnut Street.

Meadville Police Chief David Stefanucci said the two men walking told police that this person was on his back porch, and called down to them taunting them into an argument.  Then, the man on the porch went back inside and emerged with what the men thought was a shotgun.

The victims said he racked the gun, “making them believe he had put a shell in the chamber,” Stefanucci said.

As he pointed the weapon at the two men, they took cover, making their way to their car while calling the police.

Police say they then tried to make contact with the man, but he would not answer the door.  Police evacuated the other tenants.  Police closed off the street surrounding the apartment with the help of the Auxilliary Police.

After contacting the landlord, police identified the suspect as Anthony Joe Dupont.  Police contacted Dupont by phone, and he agreed to surrender to officers without incident.  After Dupont’s arrest, police determined the weapon he used was a pump-action BB gun.

Dupont is scheduled to be arraigned later today on charges of Simple Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Drunkenness.