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Frankfort man accused of menacing with airsoft gun while driving on I-88

35-year-old Richard Viti Jr. of Frankfort (Photo courtesy of New York State Police)

A Frankfort man is facing charges after he allegedly showed off an airsoft handgun as he drove by people on Interstate 88 in Chenango County, according to New York State Police.

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018 10:25 AM
Updated: Jan. 18, 2018 10:25 AM

BAINBRIDGE – A Frankfort man is facing charges after he allegedly showed off an airsoft handgun as he drove by people on Interstate 88 in Chenango County, according to New York State Police.

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On Sunday, Jan. 14, troopers responded to a report of a menacing with a gun on I-88 westbound in the town of Bainbridge. The troopers who responded were told that a suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Richard Viti Jr. of Frankfort, had been driving recklessly when he displayed a handgun at the person’s vehicle, then he drove away. Police say this incident caused the driver who reported the incident to fear for his life.

A description of Viti’s vehicle was sent out to other troopers, and troopers from Oswego spotted the vehicle on State Route 17 and stopped it off of Exit 6 in the village of Waverly, Tioga County.

Police say Viti was arrested without incident, and an investigation then found that he had a realistic-looking airsoft-type handgun in his vehicle. He was also driving with his young child as a passenger at the time of the incident, according to police.

Viti was arraigned in the Town of Bainbridge Court and released on his own recognizance. His next court date is pending.

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