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Poughkeepsie man, accomplice threaten business owner with gun, cops say

A City of Poughkeepsie man with a stolen gun was arrested on weapons and menacing charges Tuesday after he and another man threatened a local business owner, police said.

Troy Dancy Jr., 18, was charged with second-degree criminal weapons possession and fourth-degree possession of stolen property, both felonies, as well as third-degree assault and three counts of second-degree menacing, misdemeanors, Poughkeepsie city police said in a statement Wednesday.

About 1 p.m. Tuesday, city police were called to an undisclosed Mansion Street business on a report that two men with guns had threatened the owner, then left the scene in a silver Audi with dealer plates, police said. The responding officer was able to determine the suspects' identities by viewing surveillance video, and another officer found a vehicle matching the description at the Rite Aid drugstore at 709 Main St. in the city.

Dancy was found at the scene and was taken into custody without incident, police said. A search of the vehicle turned up a 9-mm. handgun that had been reported stolen in Ulster County.

Dancy was arraigned Wednesday morning before Poughkeepsie City Court Judge Frank Mora and sent to the Dutchess County jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. His next court date is Monday. No information on his legal representation was immediately available Wednesday.

The investigation is continuing, and charges are pending against a second suspect, who has been identified but is not yet in custody, police said.

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