DUANESBURG, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police say two men are now under arrest, accused of holding a man at gunpoint while they set two of his work trucks on fire.
NEWS10 ABC’s Sam DiMasico described the scene as some sort of storage area. Turns out, the owner ran a roll-off trucking company with dumpsters, old furniture, and trash.
Stuff neighbors have been complaining to the DEC about since 2003.
Police say on Monday night, one of those neighbors finally had enough and took matters into their own hands.
“I don’t think they meant to kill him. They mean to scare him,” Capt. Robert Patnaude said.
The two men arrested are Ralph Olson, 46, and 38-year-old Kenneth Montgomery. They are accused of entering private property next to Montgomery’s house off Mariaville Scotch Church Road armed with assault weapons.
“Him and his friend went up there with assault weapons, pointed it at the victim, threatened him, and warned him never to do it again. They left and a couple of hours later, they went back up and threatened him again. They fired a round above his head, put him on the ground, and poured gasoline on vehicles, lit them on fire, and left the scene.”
That’s when 911 calls flooded in about an active shooter. A scary situation not only for neighbors, but for first responders as well.
“I have been advised by State Police, we have a shooter. Back off the scene.”
A search of the area uncovered two commercial trucks up in flames, bu the suspects and the victim were nowhere to be found.
Three days later, police say their investigation led them to Olson and Montgomery.
Search warrants were executed at both suspects’ homes where police recovered two AR-15s and four illegal hand guns.
“Taking matters into your own hands, especially this far, they’re going to be in much more trouble than our victim for dumping on his property.”
State Police say they’ll be alerting DEC to check out the property again to make sure the things he is dumping aren’t dangerous.
More charges may be filed against Olson and Montgomery.
Currently they are being held in the Schenectady County Jail without bail.