A Northport man was arrested and accused of menacing a police officer, the Northport police department said Friday.
Police gave this account:
At 11:43 PM on April 18, the department responded to a call reporting a dispute between tenants in a residence with several apartments at 149 Fort Salonga Road Northport.
The first police officer on the scene interviewed the complainant, who was bleeding from the mouth. He said another tenant, Logan Arens, 22, who lives in the basement apartment, had punched him in the face. A second police officer and a sergeant arrived on the scene.
The two police officers went to the top of the basement stairs to go down to find Arens, and opened a door. At that time a man started up the stairs with a rifle in his left hand and a butcher knife in his right hand. He pointed the rifle up the stairs at the lead officer who drew his service weapon and ordered the subject to drop the gun. The subject hesitated for a moment, still pointing the rifle at the officer, but then put it down. The officer then ordered him to drop the knife and he did not. He was told three more times to put the knife down before he complied.
The man was identified as Arens, was taken into custody without further incident. The .22 cal. rifle he had was loaded with one round in the chamber and eight rounds in the magazine.
Northport Police Chief Bill Ricca said, “This is a situation that very well may have ended much differently. The officer used an extraordinary amount restraint and brought it to a conclusion without a tragic outcome.”
Arens was charged with Menacing a Police Officer, two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree and Harassment 2nd Degree.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office recommended bail to be set at $50,000.00, but when was Arens was arraigned in Northport Village Justice Court he was released on $5,000.00 bail and ordered o return on Monday.