Rome man accused of threatening to shoot, kill several people


A Rome man is accused of threatening to shoot and kill several people in the city last month — one of two separate incidents that led to multiple warrants against him, according to the Rome Police Department.

Authorities said Rafael Mulero-Aponte, 44, of Expense Street, was the subject of a noise complaint by a former neighbor in the 900 block of W. Dominick St. at about 9:15 p.m. Jan. 4, 2021. When officers responded to the complaint, police said the neighbor came outside and started cursing at Mulero-Aponte.

Police said Mulero-Aponte grabbed a small, bat-like object and struck the neighbor in the back of the legs. A warrant was issued for Mulero-Aponte.

On Dec. 11, 2021, police said Mulero-Aponte made a Facebook Live video in which he threatened the lives of a different person and their family.

Police said Mulero-Aponte was then a passenger in a vehicle that pulled up at the other person’s home.

Police said Mulero-Aponte waved a handgun out the window and threatened to kill everyone at the home, before driving off.

Another warrant was issued for Mulero-Aponte. Police said he was picked up on both warrants on Jan. 7.

Mulero-Aponte is charged with one count each of second-degree assault and second-degree harassment for the incident from January 2021, and is charged with second-degree menacing for the incident with the gun in December, police stated.

He is scheduled to appear in Rome City Court, the authorities added.


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