Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening Linden Youth With Starter Pistol

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LINDEN – Police arrested a 23-year-old city man who allegedly threatened a group of children with a gun on Sunday evening.

Cody Kidd was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of an imitation firearm, possession of a defaced weapon, and making terroristic threats. He was taken to Linden municipal jail, where he was being held on $35,000 bail pending transfer to the Union County jail.

Officers responded to the intersection of Hussa and McCandless streets at 7:25 p.m. on Sept. 2 to investigate a report of a man threatening kids with a gun. Police were given the license plate number of a black Chevy Impala, which was leaving the scene.

Police located and stopped the vehicle. While speaking with Kidd, the driver, the officers noticed a silver semi-automatic handgun laying on the passenger floorboard wrapped in a bandana. Police placed Kidd under arrest and conducted a further search of his vehicle, locating a 9 mm starter pistol.

According to police, Kidd told the officers that he was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection when some kids made an offensive hand gesture to him. He told police that he showed the starter pistol to the kids, but denied making any threats.

The charges against Kidd are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

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