Man pleads not guilty to allegedly threatening man in dispute over money

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BENNINGTON>> A 23-year-old man is facing charges for allegedly pointing a gun, which he later told police was a BB gun, at another man during a dispute over money Sunday evening.

Peter J. Brady Jr. pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court Monday to a felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment. His conditions of release require him to follow a curfew and not have contact with the alleged victim.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Keith Diotte, he spoke with a 23-year-old man at approximately 8:30 p.m. Sunday who stated Brady pulled a black handgun on him.

The man said Brady had been sending him text messages demanding he repay money owed to him. The man told police the money owed was over marijuana, according to the affidavit.

Brady allegedly told the alleged victim if he didn't have his money, "there would be a problem" and sent text messages threatening to damage his car. The man said he went outside while at work and found his front driver side tire had been slashed.

The alleged victim said he later met with Brady at the former Stewart's Shops convenience store at 711 Main St., where a verbal argument between him, Brady and another man ensued.

Brady allegedly pulled out a gun from behind his back, "cocked" it and pointed it in the man's face. The man said cars started driving by and Brady allegedly told him that it was his "lucky day" before leaving the scene in a red van.

Bennington Police Cpl. Jason Burnham and Officer Stephen Sleasman located Brady while he was riding a bike through an alley on Union Street to Main Street, according to the affidavit.

In an interview with police, Brady said the man struck him in the face with a wooden stick. Brady said he then pulled out a BB gun and pointed it at the man. Brady told police that it was a dark BB gun that looked like a real gun in the dark, according to the affidavit.

Brady is represented by the Bennington County Public Defenders Office.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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