Orange County man accused of threatening to shoot customers at mall in Middletown

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Monday, October 5, 2015

MIDDLETOWN (WABC) -- New York State Troopers arrested a man who allegedly threatened to shoot people at the Galleria Mall in Middletown, Orange County.

Police say 21-year old Jeffrey Baker first confronted the staff and residents of a group home as they walked in the parking lot.

Baker told the group that he had a pistol and was going to shoot them, while concealing his hand behind him near his waist band, according to investigators.

Police say the staff and residents retreated to their vehicle and called the State Police, while he continued to threaten and challenge the group from outside the vehicle. He has no known connection to the home.

Then, he allegedly threatened to shoot several women in the Sears store in the mall.

Baker was arrested inside the mall, but no weapon was found.

Baker was charged with menacing 3rd degree and disorderly conduct, and remanded to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.