A Baker City man who pointed part of a plastic toy gun that appeared to be real at a driver traveling along Hughes Lane Tuesday afternoon remains in custody today on multiple charges.
Brian Anthony Heredia, 30, who police describe as a transient, was arraigned in Baker County Circuit Court Wednesday on one count each of recklessly endangering another person and menacing, Class A misdemeanors; and second-degree disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor.
Shelly Demma of Halfway reported that she was driving along Hughes Lane at 12:52 p.m. Tuesday when she saw Heredia walking east on Hughes Lane pointing what appeared to be a silver gun at cars passing by him, according to court documents.
Demma turned onto Kirkway Drive and called 9-1-1 to report the incident. She told dispatch that Heredia was wearing a blue bandana over his face.
As she drove back toward Heredia to get a better description of him, she told police he pointed the gun at her vehicle, the vehicle in front of her and at the vehicle behind her.
Demma said she was frightened by the experience and swerved her car when Heredia pointed the gun at her as she drove by. She said she couldn’t get a good look at the gun because she was driving.
Officer Johnathan Parsons of the Baker City Police Department made contact with Heredia and discovered that what he had been pointing at passing vehicles was actually half of a plastic silver toy gun.
Police Chief Ray Duman said the recklessly endangering charge alleges that Heredia created a risk of injury to Demma when he pointed what appeared to be a firearm at her while she was driving, causing her to swerve.