Police: East Durham man threatens Catskill man with knife

Jefferson Heights in Catskill, where state police investigated an altercation involving a knife. Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — An East Durham man was arrested last Thursday after he allegedly pulled a knife on a Catskill man and threatened to kill the man and his father during an unprovoked altercation, state police Public Information Officer Steven Nevel said Tuesday.

Edward A. Russell Jr., 36, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and second-degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor, Nevel said.

At about 11:18 a.m., Russell approached a man at a home in Jefferson Heights, Catskill, and pulled a knife from its sheath and pointed it at him, Nevel said.

While pointing the knife, Russell said he was going to kill the man and his father, Nevel said. The alleged victim and Russell knew one another.

Russell also attempted to kick the man several times while waving the knife at him, Nevel said.

Russell then sheathed his knife and walked away from the area, Nevel said. There were no reported injuries.

After the alleged victim contacted state police, troopers found Russell and asked him to come to the state police barracks in Catskill, Nevel said.

He was arrested and charged at about 1:30 p.m. Nevel said.

Russell was arraigned in Catskill Town Court before Justice Rick Jacobs and was released on his own recognizance, pending a future court date.

An order of protection was issued for the alleged victim, Nevel said.

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