GENESEO – An apparently touchy flower delivery man allegedly threatened to shoot a construction worker with the Main Street waterline replacement project on Tuesday, July 21, when he was told to move his vehicle from an area that was closed due to construction outside of a Main Street florist shop.
Francis Bodnar, 73, of Irondequoit, was arrested by Geneseo Police Officer Travis Lana for Harassment in the Second Degree, a Violation, after allegedly saying in the heat of argument that he aught to just get his gun and shoot the worker.
“He didn’t have a gun,” said Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian. “Both parties say the other was rude and being hostile, but in light of the gun comment we made an arrest. He was arraigned so that we could get a temporary order of protection.”
Bodnar was arraigned in front of Judge Houston and a temporary order of protection was issued for the alleged victim. Bodnar was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Geneseo Village Court at a later date.
Chief Osganian added that this is not the first gun threat to arise in Geneseo in the past month.
“There was also a gun threat in Walmart last month, and we take every case seriously,” added Chief Osganian. “Threatening to shoot someone is something you just can’t do no matter how upset you are.”
Bodnar works for a wholesale distributor delivering flowers to businesses and is not an employee of any Main Street florist.