RUTLAND, VT. >> A western Vermont man has denied charges that he threatened to kill a crowd of people gathered outside a Rutland dance club with a chainsaw earlier this year.

The Rutland Herald reports 26-year-old Justin Allen pleaded not guilty in Rutland on Monday to charges of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Allen faces up to six years in prison if he's convicted.

Police say Allen terrorized a group of 20 people standing outside The Local on Merchants Row with a running chainsaw just before closing time on March 26.

The first officer on the scene, Cpl. Damon Nguyen, arrived just after 2 a.m. to find Allen with the chainsaw. The Fair Haven man was arrested shortly after more law enforcement officials responded.




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