COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two non-students were arrested and charged with multiple felonies after Columbus State University Police responded to a call about a man with a gun threatening an employee of a downtown Columbus business.
Just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night, CSU Police received a call from a local business manager who reported that one of his employees was being threatened by a man they believed was armed with a gun and was waiting for the employee to get off work.
Although no gun was recovered, the investigation led to the arrest of Victor Alexander Salgado and Joshua Joel Harris, neither of whom are Columbus State University students.
Officers believed that Harris, who was arrested inside a parking garage, had just purchased a bag of marijuana from Salgado. Salgado was arrested around the corner on 10th Street, near a CSU housing complex.
The employee and other witnesses identified Salgado as the man who made the threats and was reported to have had a gun.
During the investigation, Salgado gave officers consent to search his vehicle. Officers located and seized nearly $3,000 in cash, suspected Alprazolam, suspected marijuana and a digital scale from the vehicle.
No firearms were recovered from the scene; however, a pair of brass knuckles was found inside the center console of Salgado's vehicle. According to police reports, Salgado offered the arresting officer money on two separate occasions if the officer agreed to not take him to jail.
Harris was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Salgado was charged with misdemeanor possession of a drug-related object and four felony offenses, including: terroristic threats, bribery and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
CSU students began summer classes on Monday, May 18. CSU Police Chief Rus Drew said he was grateful that no one was injured during the incident.
"As there was a potential for violence, I'm glad that our officers were able to deescalate the situation without further disruption to the campus community," Chief Drew said.