BANGOR, Maine — A Hermon man was charged Friday night with criminal threatening with a firearm after allegedly brandishing a BB gun that resembled a handgun at two men at the Bangor Mall.
Matthew Audibert, 18, of Hermon and his passenger, whose name was not released, were stopped by Bangor police southbound on Interstate 95 about 30 minutes after the 5 p.m. incident. Audibert was driving a black pickup truck that matched the description of the one reported at the mall but no gun was found, Bangor police said.
The incident began near Macy’s in the mall parking lot when two men, who were not identified by police, allegedly saw Audibert back up the truck he was driving onto the lawn and begin revving his engine. The victims told police when they made eye contact with Audibert, he began challenging them verbally and following them as they walked across the parking lot.
The men called 911 after Audibert allegedly asked, “Do you like Colt 45?” and pointed a gun at them. Later, the victims identified Audibert at the Bangor police station, police said.
Audibert’s passenger corroborated their story and showed police where Audibert allegedly had tossed the gun out of the truck.
Criminal threatening with a firearm is a Class C crime that carries a maximum prison term of five years and a $500 fine.
Audibert was released Friday night from the Penobscot County Jail on bail, according to jail personnel.
An earlier version of this article did not make clear in its headline that the weapon Audibert is accused of pointing at patrons was a BB gun, not a handgun.