GLENVILLE – A Glenville man swung a hatchet at two Clifton Park dirt bike riders and shot a .22-caliber revolver at their bikes Sunday near the Indian Kill Preserve, Glenville police said.
The two riders, age 18 and 19, were unhurt in the incident, but one of their dirt bikes was damaged by the hatchet and a bullet, police said.
Benjamin P. Jerome, 41, of Birch Lane, Glenville, was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, felonies, and other charges, police said.
Police were called to the Hemlock Hollow nature trail near the Indian Kill Preserve just before 2 p.m. Sunday, police said.
Jerome is accused of attacking the two riders, who were operating dirt bikes on the trails of the hollow. He’s accused of swinging the hatchet at the two riders, and shooting at their bikes, police said.
The two victims escaped and called police, police said.
Jerome was arrested as police canvassed the neighborhood. He answered the door and matched the description of the suspect. Police then got a search warrant and found the handgun and several other weapons, police said.
“It is somewhat unclear what provoked the attack,” police said in a release. “The victims indicated that Jerome was angry and ranting about them destroying nature.”
Jerome was also charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminal use of a firearm, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree menacing.
Jerome was arraigned and ordered held without bail. He is due back in court Tuesday.
Glenville Police were assisted by New York State Police and the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department.