September 10, 2013

Charge reduced in Farmington gun scare

Police say the 20-year-old John Cushman made 'a lot of people nervous' and prompted employees at a pub to lock the doors with customers inside.

The Associated Press

FARMINGTON — Prosecutors have reduced charges against a Farmington man who prompted some people to lock their business as he walked around with a toy gun tucked in his waistband.

John Cushman was arrested Aug. 2 on a felony charge of terrorizing, but that was reduced to a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed firearm.

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Robbins tells the Sun Journal that after reviewing the evidence, prosecutors did not think there was an explicit threat made.

Police say the 20-year-old Cushman made "a lot of people nervous" and prompted employees at a pub to lock the doors with customers inside.

The gun was a real-looking Airsoft pistol, but people could not see the orange tip that indicates it's not real because it was tucked in Cushman's shorts.

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