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GENESEO – A young man who was arrested last week after allegedly lighting off illegal fireworks at other people has been additionally charged with Menacing after Geneseo Police have coordinated with the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office about the incident.
According to Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, Officer Travis Lana arrested SUNY Geneseo senior Mukarram Ismail, 22, from Leonia, New Jersey, for Menacing in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor, on Hillside Drive, following an April 3 arrest for Possession of Fireworks, since coordinating with the DA’s Office about whether additional charges were appropriate.
“Though Ismail was arrested last week for the firework possession the night of the actual incident, we wanted to coordinate with the DA’s Office before we were comfortable proceeding with the Menacing charge,” said Chief Osganian. “He was not cooperative at all, so we still don’t know why this went on, but there is always potential for serious injury with this kind of activity.”
Ismail says that he never fired off the fireworks, and was inside at the time of the incident.
“I have friends in the adjacent building, and the way this whole story got started was they said someone was shooting fireworks at their door,” said Ismail. “I wasn’t actually outside the building, and I didn’t even know police were there. I don’t really know anything about fireworks. I told them I had sparklers in my pocket, and they said those are ok.”
Ismail was arraigned in front of Geneseo Justice Bradley Janson and released to appear at a later date.
PHOTO CAPTION: Mukarram Ismail. (Photo/Geneseo Police Department)