An Auburn man threatened to shoot city police officers and bomb their headquarters during a downtown domestic situation this week, police said.
Anthony M. Wagner, 23, was alleged to have punched, kicked and choked a 28-year-old woman during an early Thursday morning domestic situation at 38 E. Genesee St., Apt. 4, the Auburn Police Department said Friday. Police responded to the incident, which was called in by one of the woman’s roommates.
While Wagner wasn’t physically combative during his arrest, police said, he made repeated threats indicating he had access to an AR-15 rifle and was planning to shoot the police and use explosives to bomb APD’s headquarters upon his release from custody. Wagner lives in close proximity to APD, police said, and repeatedly claimed to have access to the weapons and materials needed to carry out these threats.
Police said officers may receive threats from time to time, but department-wide threats and threats of this nature are unusual.
Wagner, who was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, is facing charges of making a terroristic threat, a class D felony; and four class A misdemeanors: third-degree assault, obstruction of breathing, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree criminal mischief.