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Lindsey Whitney brandishes pellet gun in front of neighbors, police say

Published On: Jul 01 2013 02:40:39 PM EDT

A man caused some anxious moments in a Northampton County neighborhood when he flashed a pellet gun that looked like a real firearm while getting into and out of a van, officials said.

Lindsey P. Whitney held his Airsoft pistol in the air and cocked the slide as he drove away in his van at about 6:40 p.m. Friday, causing residents in the 400 block of Main St., Freemansburg, "to fear for their lives," officials said.

Whitney took off after the residents told him they were calling the police because he had raised his shirt several times after getting out of the van with several other people to show them he had a dark-colored gun in his waistband, officials said.


Whitney, 27, of 1450 East 6th St., Bethlehem, was arraigned early Saturday morning on charges of making terroristic threat, assault, disorderly conduct and harassment and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. July 9.