Man arrested for threatening to shoot residents


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By Nathan Mayberg

— A Pike County man is in county jail on charges he carried a shotgun around his apartment building and threatened to kill everyone inside early Sunday morning.

She tried to close the door on him again but he put his foot down in front of the door. She was able to get back in her apartment, at which time she heard Rogerson say "locked and loaded" while holding a shotgun in the hallway.

Eric Rogerson, 53, of Lackawaxen was arrested by state police after receiving complaints from his neighbors, who said he was walking in the hallway with the shotgun and threatening to shoot residents.

State police responded at about 3:50 a.m. on Sunday morning to the apartment building at 696 Route 590 and evacuated all three residents of the building. They allegedly witnessed Rogerson in the building with a shotgun and heard him racking the gun and making threats. Unable to make contact with Rogerson initially while he was holed up inside his apartment, it took several hours until he surrendered to police.

A resident of the building who lived across the hall from Rogerson told police she had come home at 2:30 a.m. when she saw Rogerson sitting at his table in his apartment with a shotgun. He allegedly went to her door in an attempt to talk to her and invited her back to his apartment. The woman declined and closed the door. She saw Rogerson through the peephole and said he told her to come out and be a "witness." After going out again to walk her dog, she returned home and was confronted again by Rogerson. She tried to close the door on him again, but he put his foot down in front of the door, she said. She was able to get back in her apartment, at which time she heard Rogerson say "locked and loaded" while holding a shotgun in the hallway.

Rogerson allegedly said he wanted revenge on a neighbor who lived below him for breaking into his apartment and assaulting him. He asked if that person wanted to "die by rifle or shotgun," according to the police complaint. The neighbor who lived below told police that Rogerson threatened to shoot him and his girlfriend through a wall, and to shoot him in the face. They said they heard him loading the shotgun.

Rogerson was charged with making terrorist threats, possessing instruments of crime, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned by Magistrate Shannon Muir in District Court in Hawley and remanded to Pike County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. He is due back in court on Aug. 13 in front of Judge Alan Cooper in District Court in Shohola.

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