Man charged with making threats
The gun wasn't real, but as far as Farmington police were concerned the threats were.
Police arrested 19-year-old Lakeville resident James Patrick Thompson April 4 after Thompson reportedly showed up at a Farmington gathering with what appeared to be a handgun and made threats. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Thompson never pointed the gun at anyone.
Police stopped a car in which Thompson was a passenger a short distance from where he reportedly made the threat. There was a small black BB gun in the car, designed to look like a pistol.
Thompson told police he'd gotten text messages and voicemails earlier that night from some of the men at the party. The messages said they wanted to fight with Thompson. He said got a ride to the party to confront the individuals and brought the BB gun because he knew there were at least five other individuals there.
Thompson faces two felony charges of making terroristic threats. One carries a maximum sentence of five years and a fine of up to $10,000. The other carries a maximum fine of a year and a day and a fine of up to $3,000.