Man arrested for threatening to shoot people at Galleria at Crystal Run

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TOWN OF WALLKILL – A Middletown man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he threatened to shoot staff and residents of a group home in the parking lot of the Galleria at Crystal Run.
Before State Police arrived, Jeffrey Baker, 21, of Middletown fled into the Sears store where he confronted two women and threatened to shoot them as well.  Troopers located him inside the mall and took him into custody.
The incident began when he approached the group home staff and residents as they walked through the parking lot and he confronted them, saying he had a pistol and was going to shoot them. At the time, he concealed his hand behind him near his waistband, police said.
The group home people retreated to their vehicle and called State Police while Baker continued to threaten and challenged them from outside their vehicle.
Baker had no connection to the people or to the group home.
When troopers located him inside the mall, he was not armed. Police charged him with menacing and disorderly conduct. Baker was arraigned and committed to the Orange County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.