Vernon Man Points Gun at Victim, Threatens to Kill Him: Cops

Two young men from Vernon are facing charges after one of them pointed a gun at another person during an argument Tuesday and threatened to kill him, according to police.

Vernon police said Coolidge R. Edwards, 19, and Justin Benny Colon, 18, were involved in a dispute with two other people on Woodland Street near Prospect Street in the Rockville section of town late Tuesday morning.

During the encounter, Edwards took out a handgun and pointed it another man, threatening to kill him, according to police. Colon's involvement in the altercation is unclear but police said he was also an aggressor.

Police were called to the scene around 11:15 a.m. and said the group had fled by the time they arrived. Officers found Edwards, Colon and two other people hiding in a detached garage on Ward Street after about 30 minutes of searching.

Edwards was arrested and charged with carrying a gun without a permit, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal trespass, conspiracy to commit third-degree assault, interfering with an officer, tampering with evidence, second-degree breach of peace, second-degree threatening and refusing to submit to fingerprinting.

He was held on $500,000 bond.

Colon was charged with second-degree breach of peace, second-degree criminal trespass, interfering with an officer, conspiracy to commit first-degree reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit second-degree threatening and conspiracy to tamper with physical evidence.

His bond was set at $50,000.

Police said both men are due in court Wednesday. It's not clear if either has an attorney.

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