ALBANY, NY (WRGB) – A 35-year-old Albany man has been charged after investigations into two separate events, one in which a man was threatened because he is Muslim and another in which a man was chased with a firearm.
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 8:30 p.m., a man walked into the Albany Police South Station to file a report.
The victim told officers that while at a store in the Clinton Ave and Lark Street area, a man walked into the store and threatened to kill him because he is Muslim.
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At 10:35 p.m., officers responded to a store in the area of Lexington Ave and Sherman Street for reports of a man threatening an employee with a rifle.
When police arrived, the victim told officers that a man had displayed a rifle and chased him while continuing to point it at him.
James Davis was arrested on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 after an investigation the Albany Police Department. The US Marshals Service assisted with taking Davis into custody.
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When he was arrested, Davis was also found to be in possession of a loaded Sig M400 rifle that he hid in his coat. Two other firearms were recovered throughout the investigation.
Davis has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, and aggravated harassment. He was also cited for possessing an unregistered loaded rifle.
He was arraigned Thursday morning and released.