GENESEO – Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies say a Groveland man threatened to shoot co-workers and supervisors at his place of employment last week using a list he’d drawn up of people that had upset him over the past couple of years.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a business on Volunteer Road in Geneseo at 8:35 a.m. Feb. 10 for the report of an out of control employee who was threatening to shoot co-workers and supervisors.
Deputies arrived at the scene and found the employee, identified as Nicholas A. Willey, 30, had already left the business. Responding deputies received further information that Willey might have been in possession of an AK-47 assault rifle at his home, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Willey was eventually located by deputies and arrested on a charge of making a terroristic threat, a class D felony. Investigators who searched his home recovered an AK-47 and a shotgun.
Under state law, a person is guilty of making a terroristic threat when “with intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population... he or she threatens to commit or cause to be committed a specified offense and thereby causes a reasonable expectation or fear of the imminent commission of such offense.”
The law doesn’t require a person to intend or have the capability to actually commit the offense to be found guilty of making a terroristic threat. The threat also doesn’t need to be made to the person who is the subject of the threat.
After his arrest, Willey was turned over to deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. He was arraigned in the jail before Geneseo Town Justice Kathleen Houston, who remanded Willey to the custody of the Sheriff on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office had recommended bail be set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office’s patrol and criminal investigations divisions and forensic identification unit investigated the incident.
Willey has previously identified himself on his personal Facebook page as an employee of Coast Professional, the loan collection agency with offices at 4273 Volunteer Rd. in Geneseo.
Willey did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday. Jon Prince, chief operating officer of Coast Professional, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.