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Albert Lea man charged after threatening neighbors with gun

An Albert Lea man who allegedly threatened his neighbors with a gun Thursday night was charged the following day in Freeborn County District Court.

Thomas Mark Chicos

Thomas Mark Chicos, 53, is charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Court documents state Chicos was charged after Albert Lea police officers were dispatched after 9 p.m. Thursday to Garfield Avenue regarding a man threatening his neighbors with a handgun.

Contact was reportedly made with Chicos, and he was searched. He said he was drinking, “and was tired of the things he believed his neighbors were doing,” court documents state.

Chicos reportedly had a small handgun in his room, and he admitted he took the pistol outside when he confronted his neighbors and claimed his neighbors were engaging in illegal activity, court documents state.

Two alleged victims said they were outside of Chicos’ house talking when they heard him threaten to kill them while holding a handgun.

Court documents state Chicos’ blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit after the incident. He was taken to the emergency room before being cleared and taken to Freeborn County jail.

Chicos was released on his own recognizance, contingent on him not possessing alcohol or controlled substances, submitting to daily testing, not engaging in assaultive behavior and following other requirements.

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 21.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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