AUGUSTA — Augusta police say a man arrested Thursday on a charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon had threatened to kill a woman while brandishing a gun earlier in the week.

Ray C. Mack, 27, was scheduled to make his initial appearance in court Friday at the Capitol Judicial Center in Augusta on both the criminal threatening charge and a charge of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Court papers say that Mack and a second man threatened Alicia Rose when they discovered by reading a text message on her phone that a friend of hers had said she would report drug dealing involving the three of them to the police.

Rose had been staying at an apartment on Waldo Street when she was confronted by two men whose aliases are Bishop and JoJo; she subsequently identified a photo of Mack, provided by the Monroe County, New York Sheriff’s Office as the man she knew as Bishop.

Police secured a search warrant and when it was executed on Waldo Street, they found a black handgun inside the apartment. Mack was among the people at the residence, and he was arrested.

The criminal complaint filed in this case states that Mack served a prison term of more than a year for second degree burglary in New York state a decade ago, which resulted in the second charge against him.

On Friday, Augusta Police Deputy Chief Maj. Kevin Lully said the investigative team had not yet provided any significant changes or updates to share.

On Thursday, Lully issued a news release about the arrest of Mack and a search at 7 Waldo St., by Augusta Police. Also present were the Maine State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Homeland Security. Lully later clarified that Homeland Security has assigned one of its agents to the Augusta Police Department, who took part in the search.

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