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Air Gun Brandished During Threat At Purchase College, D.A. Says

Jean-Pierre Filtcher, 24, of New Rochelle brandished an air gun, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's office. Photo Credit: Provided/SUNY Purchase College
Jean-Pierre Filtcher, 24, of New Rochelle being taken back to Westchester County Jail by state police after his court arraignment Tuesday afternoon at Harrison Town Court. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Jean Pierre-Filtcher, 24, of New Rochelle and his attorney after Filtcher's arraignment Tuesday afternoon at Harrison Town Court on menacing, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration charges. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
The SUNY Purchase College dormitory where an argument began during a barbecue party on Sunday. A suspect displayed a gun before running off into the woods, pursued by campus and Harrison police. Photo Credit: Contributed/Christian Arango

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The 24-year-old arraigned in connection with Sunday's lockdown at Purchase College does not face any felony charges since he brandished an air gun during the threat, authorities said on Tuesday.

Jean-Pierre Filtcher of New Rochelle appeared in Harrison Town Court Tuesday afternoon for second-degree menacing and obstructing governmental -- both misdemeanor charges --and disorderly conduct, a violation. 

Filtcher was was sent back to Westchester County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. His lawyer declined comment after his arraignment Tuesday afternoon. He's due back in Town Court on May 3.

Filtcher was arrested Monday evening after fleeing the campus in Harrison after a dispute at a dormitory barbecue on Sunday. Earlier Daily Voice coverage of the incident, in which witnesses said Filtcher displayed a "handgun" at other students during an argument can be found by clicking here. Harrison, state and Westchester County police also responded to reports of a man with a gun. 

However, a spokesman for the Westchester County District Attorney's office said Tuesday that Filtcher reportedly displayed an air gun during the Purchase College incident.

Purchase College spokeswoman Betsy Aldredge said Filtcher was not a student and never attended the state college. "To clarify, he is not a student at Purchase College," Aldredge said on Tuesday.

Two New York state troopers transported Filtcher to and from the Harrison Town Court from Westchester County Jail. 

Filtcher's lawyer advised him not to talk to a Daily Voice reporter as the suspect was led out in handcuffs, turning away from the camera.

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