Anthony Crawford pointed a realistic air pellet gun at a person in a building on Southwest Broadway, police say.

MCSO PHOTO - Anthony CrawfordA man is behind bars after police say he menaced his neighbors with a realistic looking pellet gun.

Anthony Allen Crawford, 56, faces charges of menacing, unlawful use of a weapon and on a warrant for second-degree assault.

Central Precinct officers say they responded to the 100 block of Southwest Broadway around 9:38 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 after receiving reports that a man was menacing others with a firearm, according to a news release.

Officers learned that Crawford allegedly pointed an airsoft-style pellet gun at someone's face and then "went back into his room and began screaming and throwing objects around inside." The other person did not know that the gun was fake.

Officers evacuated residents from nearby residential units before talking with Crawford and arresting him. Police claim they found two pellet guns inside his residence only after Crawford consented to a search. They were seized as evidence.

Crawford was charged with possession of cocaine, delivery of cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2006, according to jail records. He was charged with fourth-degree assault in 2004. He has not been released from the downtown jail at the time of this writing.

Anyone with information is asked to call 503-823-3333.

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