Man threatens store owner with pellet gun

A New York man was arrested for threatening a Main Street store clerk with a fake gun on Saturday.

Eric Leon, 31, of Ozone, New York, was charged with brandishing a facsimile firearm, risk of injury to a child, breach of peace and threatening.

Sgt. Kelly Connelly said the owner of a mini market at 25 Main Street called police at 9 p.m. Saturday, reporting he was having trouble with a customer.

The owners aid that Leon, who was at the store earlier, was upset with another male customer because he thought the man was standing too close to his seven-year-old step daughter. Leon kept telling the man to back up and became agitated. The store owner and his wife attempted to calm him down without much luck and he was eventually asked to leave, Connelly said.

Leon came back to the store 20 minutes later with no shirt on and what the store owner believed to be a 9 mm black handgun. Leon had his finger on the trigger and was yelling at the store owner and his wife. He was again asked to leave and upon his way out, Leon told the store owner the gun was fake, Connelly said.

He was also seen passing the gun off to a juvenile who was standing just inside the store’s doorway. He went across the street to a tattoo parlor and when police found him there a few minutes later, Leon said it was just a misunderstanding. While viewing the mini market security footage, officers were able to observe Leon in the store waving around a handgun. He was also seen handing the gun to a juvenile. The handgun was recovered inside an apartment located on Main St. and it was in fact, a plastic pellet gun, Connelly said.