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Report: Missing package leads to man chasing neighbor with gun, charged with assault

missing package leads to man chasing neighbor with gun charged with assault
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Jun. 24 2021, Published 12:57 p.m. ET

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A dispute between neighbors over missing mail led one to chase the other with a gun. Now, the suspect faces an assault charge.

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According to authorities, police were called to a Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, home for a disturbance with a firearm.

Police said the victims were hiding in their apartment waiting for the police to arrive, but once officers were at the home they saw a man matching the description of the suspect and quickly detained him.

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Officials said the incident began over a missing package and Gerald Theodore Johnson, 52, became aggressive and pushed his neighbor when he inquired about the missing delivery.

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Johnson pushed the victim, who then pushed Johnson back. Johnson then went to his apartment and came back with a gun, police said.

According to witnesses, Johnson chased the victim around with the gun before both returned to their residences.

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After Johnson was detained, witnesses identified him from a suspect lineup. A search warrant of his apartment produced a small replica handgun underneath a mattress, reported.

Johnson was charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats, police said.

Officials said Johnson is currently being held at the Lycoming County Prison on $20,000 bail.


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