TOWN OF SMITHFIELD — A Madison County man is accused of threatening to kill family members and threatening to burn down their house if they called 9-1-1, according to law enforcement officials.
Madison County Sheriff’s deputies said they were dispatched to a residence on Fearon Road at about 2:13 a.m. Jan. 12 after resident Alexander Mennig, age 20, threatened to kill the other people inside. The person who called 9-1-1 also said Mennig threatened to burn the house down if they called 9-1-1, according to authorities.
Deputies said Mennig had left the residence by the time they arrived. They said Mennig was armed with a BB gun that resembled a real firearm, and he not only threatened to harm the people at the residence, but he also broke a bedroom door and stole money and a marijuana grinder before leaving.
Mennig was located on a road a short distance away by law enforcement.
Mennig is charged with one count each of first-degree robbery, a class B felony, fourth-degree mischief, fourth-degree possession of a weapon and two counts of second-degree menacing, authorities said.
He was arraigned in Town Court and was sent to county jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.
He is scheduled to reappear in court.